A kinetic origami sculpture, created at the School for Poetic Computation, exhibited at the 2018 Spring showcase.

The intention of this project was to focus on process and exploration; revisiting an old interest in Origami through the lens of computational geometry. The folded pattern is known as the Water Bomb tessellation, discovered by Ron Resch, and is a kind of meta-material — exhibiting properties that are not inherently present in the paper itself — such as the compression along one axis leads to the expansion along another.

Photo by Olympia Shannon

The piece was folded from a 4ft x 3ft sheet of paper, which was then cut into 2 parts to make folding more manageable. This process took approximately 20 hours.

Stages and progression of folding

Exhibition display
4 stages of movements of 2 motors

Explorations with various folds and patterns
Movement explorations and final rig

Video shot by Gonzalo Moiguer, Sound design by Jaskaran Sandhu. With thanks to Robby Kraft, Nitcha Tothong (Fame), Phil Schleihauf, Lauren Gardner and Taeyoon Choi