Art ‘bends’ into nature in new origami exhibit at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Something amazing is blooming inside the Atlanta Botanical Garden right now, but it doesn’t need water or sunlight to grow.

“Origami in the Garden” is a new exhibition featuring nearly 70 metal sculptures, all inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. Divided into 18 installations across the garden, the sculptures are the work of Santa Fe, New Mexico-based artists Jennifer and Kevin Box, in collaboration with origami artists Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson, Michael G. LaFosse and Robert L.Lang. – and each is based on a design originally created with a single, intricately folded sheet of paper.

Garden workers say the exhibit is a perfect way to continue Atlanta’s attraction history by combining nature and art; many sculptures will echo the surrounding landscape, with stylized renditions of birds, butterflies, and more. Some sculptures are over 20 feet tall, including one called “Master Peace,” which is 25 feet tall and depicts origami peace cranes.

Origami in the Garden officially opens to the public on Saturday, May 7 and is set to run until October 16. Viewing the sculptures is included in the price of admission to the garden, which starts at $22.95 for adults on weekdays and $24.95 for adults on weekends.

We couldn’t wait until Saturday to see the new additions to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, so we spent the morning there getting a very special look at the new exhibit. Click on the video player in this article to check it out – and click here for more information on visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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