The exhibit "Origami in the Park" is at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.   Artists Kevin and Jennifer Box developed a unique style to "marry" paper with bronze, aluminum, or steel. The exhibit consists of 25 displays of 40 origami-inspired sculptures.   The exhibit runs from May 19 through October 22, 2017.
This piece reveals the lifecycle of a butterfly among the flowers on one side ...
and songbirds sheltering among vines and berries on the other side.
"Basket Full of Stars"
This celebrates the colorful patterns of origami paper.
The crane is one of the oldest designs to be folded from a single sheet of paper. In folk stories, cranes bestow blessings and bring peace and harmony.
A flock of birds coming together inspired this composition.
When the artists were building their first home they were inspired to create this piece while watching a pair of birds building their nest.
Two cranes appear in a house built of olive branches. The olive branches and cranes are symbols of peace.
This is the first of Kevin Box's origami-inspired pieces.
"Sway with Me"
Two cranes swing together as partners for life.
"Rock Paper Scissors"
Kevin was inspired to create a physical realization of a childhood game of chance, a way of making decisions about not-so-serious things.
The artists created the original of these using a technique known as duogami, or paper with different colors on each side.
This is a collaboration between Kevin Box and origami artist Te Jui Fu.
The symbol on the red pony is a signature using the Chinese character of Te Jui's last name Fu, meaning "teacher", and the box that encloses the character represents Kevin's last name.
Originally created by origami artist Robert Lang, this is one of the most complex cranes ever folded from a single uncut square of paper. Requring hundreds of intricate folds, this crane has many true-to-life details that are not typically seen in origami, including feathers and claws.
"Flight of Folds"
Here the complex crane from the previous slide is paired with the simpler iconic paper crane.
Ancient legends tell of a winged horse sent from above to help a hero on his journey to save the world. The horse returned to the sky to become the constellation Pegasus.
Bronze olive branches lift the familiar shape of a paper boat high above the earth.
From blank sheets of paper, folded planes lift into flight. It takes seven folds to make a piece of paper fly.
This is an abstract self-portrait of artist Kevin Box, drawing inspiration from the things that lie beneath the surface of what we see.
The life cycle of a butterfly tells a complex story of transformation as the caterpillar evolves into the butterfly.
Paper boats represent the risky nature of adventure and the spirit of courage needed to explore the unknown.
The boats are tethered to the lake bottom, but there is enough slack in the rope to allow the boats to drift around freely.
"I'm King of the world!"
These intricately folded cranes call to mind the many waterbirds who hunt for food, build nests, and migrate through natural areas.
"Who Saw Who"
The raptor is always on the lookout for prey....
The mouse, looking for food, must always be on guard against predators.
Senbazuru, the Japanese tradition of folding paper cranes as a prayer for peace, takes shape here as 500 cranes soar above the granite base.
A slight angle drains water off these folded metal sheets, so that they function as both abstract sculptures and a place to rest.
The Arboretum's oak collection inspired this sculpture. Squirrels collect and bury acorns, helping to grow a new generation of oaks.