Hundreds of Paper Birds Roost in an Origami Chimney


Inspired by the Vaux’s swift, a species of birds that flock together in groups of 30 or more, and that build their nests in dark cavities, paper artist Bijian Fan has created this mesmerizing installation called Roosting . This particular work was inspired by the swifts in downtown Los Angeles. Due to the loss of much of their natural roosting habitat, hollow trunks and branches of old or dead trees, swifts must use places like brick chimneys to rest and sleep.

In this installation, the chimney, made of origami cubes, is an application of a curriculum Fan has created called Origami Mathematics Genius (or OMG). Taking the art or paper folding, he uses mathematics, from simple concepts such as geometry and fraction to more complicated concepts like spatial visualization and computer aided design, to create contemporary artwork.

It took Fan a month to fold the cubes of the chimney and cut all the birds. This gorgeous installation can be found at the Ojai Art Center until May 8 as part of the exhibition Paper & Beyond.

Bijian Fan’s website






November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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