Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine
Elephant hide paper, 9"x9"x9", 2009.
The sculpture is a modular combination of three interacting pieces.
Each piece is folded by hand from a circle of paper,
using a compass to score the creases and cut out a central hole.This transformation of flat paper into swirling surfaces
creates sculpture that feels alive. Paper folds itself into a natural equilibrium form depending on its
creases. These equilibria are poorly understood, especially for
curved creases. We are exploring what shapes are possible in this
genre of self-folding origami, with applications to deployable
structures, manufacturing, and self-assembly.