Sunday, February 10, 2008

Atlas and the Minotaur

Atlas and the Minotaur
Originally uploaded by origami_madness
These are actually based on the same packing, but the minotaur is a half sheet. The rest of the sheet went to make the world on Atlas' shoulders. To do this, I spread the pleats using some curved folds. Those pleats are then locked at the top end with a simple mountain fold on each one. They continue up through the shoulder to become the arms and head, which in turn become the fingers and legs.

Aside from the obvious technical challenge, I was trying to work on ways to put faces on these models. It's something I've been grappling with ever since my faceless Valkyrie, and I think these two worked for the corresponding level of complexity of the body. I'll keep working on that, though.

I'd like to give a tip of the hat to Oschene for providing the inspiration on how to make a sphere. I realize I should have done that when I folded the Klein Bottle, but I suppose it's better late than never.

About an hour after I made Atlas, I was sitting in my history class, listening to a lecture about capitalism. Somebody next to me (evidently as bored as I was) asked me what I had folded. After a second or two of reflection, I hypothesized that this, then, was the atlas that didn't shrug. I received nothing but a blank stare. No accounting for taste, I suppose...


ishi said...


I found your tessellations on flickr- and took the liberty of adding you as a contact.

I am REALLY curious about how you generate these origami tessellations as this is exactly what I am rying to do with a building I'm working on (Architecture school).

Hoping you could gimme a few pointers!



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