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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

May 22, 2012

Origami Exhibit Unveiled June 2

What:  World-renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang exhibits “Many Fold Manifolds,” origami sculptures of wildflowers and other nature subjects at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s McDermott Learning Center.                                                                                                  

When:  Saturday, June 2, through Sunday, August 19.

Where:  Indoors at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, 78739.

Background: A physicist turned origami master whose work has appeared in the Museum of Modern Art and on Google.com’s homepage is bringing his creations to the Wildflower Center. Californian Robert J. Lang’s works have included a rattlesnake with 1,000 scales and a U.S. flag with 50, 3-D stars. He draws on Eastern and Western approaches to paper folding and has developed math principles and software for designing origami.

Lang’s sculptures take hours to create – often from one sheet of paper. His exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center will include a new sculpture of a mosquito, a flock of herons with 4-foot wingspans, and butterflies that each required hundreds of paper folds. Lang talks about origami internationally, and will provide an exhibit tour at 10 a.m. on June 2, followed by an 11:30 a.m. talk in the auditorium. He will also sign some of the 12 origami books he authored or edited in the store from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lang also has consulted with software company EASi on the design for a collapsible airbag, and with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on an expandable space telescope.

Sponsor: The Mays Family Foundation is sponsoring all 2012 indoor art exhibits.

General admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children and free for members and children under 5. For more exhibit information, call 512.232.0100 or visit www.wildflower.org.   

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