Giant zipper art installation by Japanese artist Jun Kitagawa puts zippers across locations like ponds, roads and floors. Placed at such curious locations, the zippers open slightly to give the inquiring person a view of what lies underneath.
I stumbled across some old Golden Book Encyclopedias at the junk shop a few weeks ago and have been wanting to do one of these illustrated maps ever since. (Seriously, if you are looking for a lifetime worth of great illustration ideas track those bad boys down. You won’t regret it.) I got the chance to put my pseudo geography to the test for D Magazine. This was for a story on an upwards trend in domestic medical tourism. Savvy patients with deep (or deeper than mine) pockets have been going to Europe and South America to take advantage of lower medical costs and now some US hospitals are trying to get in on the action. A big thanks to Hamilton Hedrick for the great assignment!
Some people are doubly blessed. Besides being a professor of Computer Science at MIT, Erik Demaine is also an accomplished paper folding artist. He and his father, Martin, are known for their “curved-crease” origami sculptures. Taking flat sheets of paper, the Demaines create thin accordian folds across the sheet and then twist the sheet to form spherical shapes that make the mobius strip look like child’s play.
Erik Demaine writes on his website, “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. This transformation of flat paper into swirling surfaces creates sculpture that feels alive.”