As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. -- Calvin and Hobbes

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

#14 Origami Rhino; 31 days of rhinos

Ancient tradition unfolding here, under protest, on Wordless Wednesday!


Above: #14 Origami Rhino; 31 days of rhinos
Media: Paper


Below: Not my rhino!



This beautiful rhino shown here was "borrowed" from Joseph Wu Origami, and wow, he is good! Unfortunately, he doesn't show you how to fold the damned thing! I printed out his diagram and then stared hopeless at it after creasing every line on the paper.

The only workable tutorial I could find (for free) on YouTube was working great except the occasional floating off the screen while he was folding. Just as I was nearing completion, the artist began folding the back legs, and his hands were entirely out of the camera at that point. Alas, I couldn't figure it out...I have an origami book somewhere up in my library, but it doesn't have a rhino in it. You can see how the hind legs are not finished.....balls!

[Wiki "The Japanese word "origami" itself is a compound of two smaller Japanese words: "ori", meaning fold, and "gami", meaning paper...Japanese origami began sometime after Buddhist monks from China carried paper to Japan during the 6th century." Read more! (it's fascinating!)

My brother introduced me to this incredible short story nearly 20 years ago, and you must read it as soon as you can, because it will make you really feel; love, sorrow, joy and hope:

The Story of 1000 Cranes
(you must read this!)
"The Thousand Origami Cranes has become a symbol of world peace[citation needed] through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who tried to stave off her death from leukemia as a result of radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II by making one thousand origami cranes, having folded only 644 before her death, and that her friends completed and buried them all with her.
Her story is told in the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
Several temples, including some in Tokyo and Hiroshima, have eternal flames for World Peace. At these temples, school groups or individuals often donate Senbazuru to add to the prayer for peace. The cranes are left exposed to the elements, slowly dissolving and becoming tattered as the wish is released. In this way they are related to the prayer flags of India and Tibet." -Wiki excerpt.
Wordless Wednesday didn't exactly leave me speechless...Maybe I should have stopped at hello!
See you tomorrow...
(I will try harder next week not to say anything on Wednesday..I really missed the point, eh?)
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3 comments:

  1. Love the Rhino, even if it is a little off it is still cute in it's own way.

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  2. I almost fell off my chair when I was browsing my updated blogs this morning.
    I have to tell you, the last thing I expected from you was an origami rhino.
    You have the ability to surprise and amaze with your incredible art.
    Oh, and make me pee my pants too.

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  3. Christy, The mere fact that you used amaze and incredible as a comment to my origami rhino tells me that I need to pay you more!

    as far as underpants go, I must be doing my job.

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