A Little Time and a Keyboard: Origami in the Garden Enchants at The Morton Arboretum

Origami in the Garden Enchants at The Morton Arboretum

Monday, May 22, 2017

Origami in the Garden Exhibit at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois

The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois treats visitors to a stunning new Origami in the Garden exhibit. The exhibit weaves incredible metal renditions of origami art into scenic natural surroundings. The event features 25 large scale metal sculptures based upon folded paper creations.

Flight of folds origami sculpture at The Morton Arboretum

Each of the creations began as a simple plain sheet of paper folded. From these simple and delicate creations, large scale sculptures were brought to life. Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box assembled the breathtaking exhibition using some of their own creations as well as collaborative efforts with top origami artists.

Large scale origami art at The Morton Arboretum

Upon learning about the new exhibition, I was curious about how the art of origami could be captured in a large-scale, metal form. Artist Kevin Box pioneered a method of lost wax casting and fabrication thus allowing metal to display the gentle folds of origami. The folds of the origami look just as intricate in large form as they do in the original scale. The art is every bit just as graceful as well.

Seed Sower Squirrel Origami Sculpture at The Morton Arboretum
Seed Sower
The Morton Arboretum is displaying 25 of 40 sculptures. The adorable Seed Sower was inspired by the arboretum and is on display for the first time during this event. As you can see, it is quite a charming rendition of a squirrel and his acorn!

Butterfly origami set in nature at The Morton Arboretum

We enjoyed our walk in search for the origami treasures. The paths are designated but you can also grab a map to guide you. Each piece has a description on a sign next to it.

Bison origami sculpture at The Morton Arboretum

I loved that part of the exhibit is in the conifer section where there are hands on elements to teach about the trees and conservation. Be sure to pause at these as well. These elements are permanent at the arboretum. But, enjoying them during the exhibition adds a little more fun!

Learn about conservation hands on at The Morton Arboretum.

My favorite piece? I have to say the boat. I love, love, love how it is gracefully set upon the oars.

Origami boat sculpture

Some of the sculptures are truly marvels in terms of balance and elegance. Really, a lovely exhibit to visit while reveling in nature. This would make for a fun family visit over the next couple of months. If you have a little ones with you, don't forget to visit the Children's Garden. A fun adventure!

More Details:

Origami in the Garden runs through October 22, 2017. Throughout the exhibition, The Morton Arboretum is hosting related events including Origami Extravaganza June 10-11, Japanese Game Day July 8-9, Family Movie Night Kubo and the Two Strings July 8 and Destination Asia on August 4-6.
Admission is free with general admission.

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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