Origami Tree Returning to AMNH for 50th Year

The American Museum of Natural History‘s Origami Tree is back on display November 24, and the theme of this year’s rendition is Gems of the Museum.

The 13 foot tree will feature 50 “specially created gold-colored models in recognition of the ‘golden anniversary’ 50th Origami Tree.” Over 2,000 pieces of origami will also cover the tree, including models inspired museum exhibits (so … sharks, blue whales, dinosaurs and more). There will also be origami designs inspired by specimens from the recently renovated and reopened Hall of Gems.

Origami Tree 2021 AMNH

©AMNH/D. Finnin

Gems of the Museum Origami Tree

©AMNH/D. Finnin

The origami tree is designed by Ros Joyce and Talo Kawasaki, volunteers from OrigamiUSA, who begin designing the tree early each year.

“They begin combing the Museum’s halls in search of inspiration—going from floor to floor to decide on a perfect theme and to find just the right exhibits to re-create as origami models on the tree,” the museum says.

“Often,” says Joyce, “we see something in the Museum that we want on the tree that has never been folded, so we have to design a model and find a way to fold it.”

To learn more, please visit amnh.org/exhibitions/origami-holiday-tree.

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