This Year’s Origami Tree is Elephant-Inspired

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D. Finnin / ©AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History‘s iconic Origami Holiday Tree will be back on display starting Monday, November 20.


This year’s theme, “Proboscideans on Parade” – features garlands and ornaments inspired by the museum’s new exhibit, “The Secret World of Elephants,” which just kicked off on November 13 and “reveals new science about both ancient and modern elephants, including elephants’ extraordinary minds and senses, why they’re essential to the health of their ecosystems, and inspiring efforts to overcome threats to their survival.”

The 13 foot tree is covered with more than one thousand origami pieces representing elephants and their relatives, including the woolly mammoth (which, by the way, a biotech company is working on reviving).

Other figures will depict iconic museum exhibits like the Blue Whale and T-rex.

Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the Origami Holiday Tree is decorated with hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists.

The Origami Tree will be on display in the Grand Gallery (first floor) and will be free to view with admission.

This will mark the New York City holiday tradition’s 52nd year.

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