Sunday, February 25, 2007

Origami   posted by p-ter @ 2/25/2007 07:56:00 AM

ALDaily points to this excellent article on the world's top origami artists. This guy has a hell of a bio:
Lang kept folding while earning a master's in electrical engineering at Stanford and a Ph.D. in applied physics at Caltech. As he worked on his dissertation-"Semiconductor Lasers: New Geometries and Spectral Properties"-he designed an origami hermit crab, a mouse in a mousetrap, an ant, a skunk, and more than fifty other pieces. They were dense and crisp and precise but also full of character: his mouse conveys something fundamentally mouse-ish, his ant has an essential ant-ness. His insects were especially beautiful. While in Germany for postdoctoral work, he and Diane were taken with Black Forest cuckoo clocks; the carved casings, pinecone-shaped weights, pendulums, and pop-out birds wouldn't seem to be a natural for origami, but Lang thought otherwise. He started a job at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, in 1988, shortly after he had finished folding a life-sized cuckoo clock. It had taken him three months to design, and six hours to fold, and it made Lang a sensation in the origami world.

ADDENDUM: Andrew Gelman posts a picture of an origami tarantula, along with the corresponding fold pattern required to make it.