Origami: A Manifestation Of The Power Of The Human Mind

Robert J. Lang, a scientist turned origami artist was recently profiled in the New Yorker.  Mr. Lang, who holds a Phd, is a world renowned master of the art of paper folding, and has been so successful at it, that he abandoned a career as a physicist and engineer (not before co-authoring 80 technical publications and obtaining 40 patents on semiconductor lasers, optics, and integrated optoelectronics) to become a full time origami artist.

It is awe inspiring to the BFD staff, the design & engineering complexity and beauty that one human mind is capable of producing from something as simple as a single piece of paper:

Hermit Crab, composed from one sheet of backcoated kozo paper in 2005, it measures 8 inches across.

If you would like to try your hand at folding this at home, you will find the folding pattern here, good luck.  To see more examples of Mr. Lang’s works go here.


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2 Responses to Origami: A Manifestation Of The Power Of The Human Mind

  1. LKW says:

    Absolutely exquisite. In one little crab, Dr. Lang seems to have created the equivalent to folding a thousand cranes… the gods must be extremely pleased.

  2. lynette says:

    that’s really amazing. at first i thought it looked like a stink bug, but when i looked more closely, i could see the intricacy of it. wow. what a talent!!

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