Oritsunagumono by Takayuki Hori
Since today is Earth Day, we have 2 environment-related posts lined up, both with radically different concepts and means of communicating them.
We first came across Takayuki Hori’s work when reviewing the Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Awards – an award show that invites student designers to submit their senior thesis works to be judged by a group of industry professionals. Takayuki Hori’s work Oritsunagumono (things folded and connected) was awarded 1st prize. Hori embeds the ancient craft of origami with an environmental theme by using the skeleton of a sea turtle, waterfowl and 6 other endangered animals printed on a translucent material.
The material is then folded into the shape of the animal. The stark and eerily poignant origami prints reminds us that, much like the way the craft has been passed down from generation to generation, these animals that have accompanied us for thousands of years now face extinction.
What’s has changed since our original post back in January is that Christopher from Colossal went and got in touch with the designer and obtained some previously unavailable images, which he recently shared.