We've showcased some amazing origami work before on Inhabitat, but this is the first time we've encountered paper art that actually folds itself! These extraordinary paper sculptures by Martin and Erik Demaine are made up of pre-creased papers designed to bend and fold naturally due to gravity. Called Computational Origami, the pieces completely reimagine the ancient art of paper-folding.
“Computational Origami” is technically a triptych of paper art which is now part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In the three-part work, each piece is connected together using multiple circular pieces of paper. “The title “Computational Origami” refers to our underlying algorithmic goal of determining the mathematical curved surface that results from different kinds of pleated folding,” explains the Demaine website. “This kind of “self-folding origami” may have applications to deployable structures that can compress very small by folding tightly and later relax into its natural curved form.”
The complex pieces are part of the duo’s ongoing experiments and search for complete comprehension of the entire algorithmic system behind self-folding origami.
Images courtesy of Martin and Erik Demaine