Here we go again! Each summer I take you on a tour of the beautiful Reiman Gardens on the ISU Campus, Ames, Iowa. The theme of the 2021 summer exhibit is "Patterns Unfolding" and appropriately subtitled, "Origami in the Garden." These beautiful sculptures were created by Jennifer and Kevin Box (with assistance of others.) Origami is the art of paper folding orginally associated with Japanese culture. Now, how would this artistically folded paper survive an Iowa summer exposed to sun, wind and rain? Here is the secret--the artists used the paper art form to create these sculptures using museum quality metal.
Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man he had formed. (ESV) (Genesis 2: 7,8)
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Family always makes an adventure special--and today was one of those special days! Darcy and Jordyn were our tour guides at the Reiman Garden exhibit again this year.
Summary of Reiman Gardens--2021 Exhibit
Right and Left: These folded paper Origami art creations greeted us as we walked down the indoors hallway at the Reiman Gardens today (August 03, 2021). These foot-high paper sculptures were enclosed in a glass trophy case to protect their delicate design. Then we stepped out to the outdoors garden to enjoy "Origami in the Garden". This made-with-metal exhibit, retained the Origami beauty, but will stand the abuse of our Iowa weather. Now here is my "editorial" comment for the day! We don't get much US Mail in this world of technology. Example-most of our bills come on line and we pay them without a paper transaction. I am glad these artists caught on to this concept in such a creative way. You can enjoy the beauty of Origami art outdoors if you--GO PAPERLESS!!!!!!"