Santa Fe artist Kevin Box gives permanent form to traditional Japanese origami in his large-scale metal sculptures. Origami in the Garden, an outdoor exhibition of his work, opens on Sunday, April 27, at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill (715 Camino Lejo).
Box begins each piece using a single, blank sheet of paper. He uses a lost-wax-casting method to capture the intricate folds of origami in bronze, aluminum, or stainless steel. “It took two years of tireless experimentation for me to develop the process of casting paper into bronze, another seven years to perfect, and it continues to evolve today,” Box writes on his website, www.outsidetheboxstudio.com. After casting, each piece is finished by hand to reproduce the look of the original paper design. Box’s sculptures, placed in locations throughout the garden, include horses, bison, cranes, and everyday items such as wrinkled sheets of paper and scissors. The exhibition also includes collaborations with origami artists Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, and others
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