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a monumental outdoor sculpture exhibition
Created by Santa Fe artists, Jennifer and Kevin Box, these sculptures tell the story of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.
The exhibition includes stunning large-scale metal sculptures created through collaboration with world-renowned origami artists such as Robert
J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael G. La Fosse, and Beth Johnson.
The daytime exhibit is included in admission and free for Members.
Parking is always free.
Missouri Botanical Garden
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OrigamiintheGardencaptures the delicate nature of paper in metal.
This spring, the Missouri Botanical Garden will be filled with the monumental works of Jennifer and Kevin Box and their collaboration of origami artists.
The exhibit elevates the ancient art of origami to new heights, using the technique of lost-wax casting and fabrication. Each piece glorifies the precision of origami in stately museum-quality metals using an innovative 35+ step process that took nine years to perfect.
The exhibit of 18 awe-inspiring large-scale sculptures features a majestic tower of 1000 cranes, flying birds, painted ponies, emerging butterflies, floating boats, and more.
about the exhibit
OrigamiintheGarden will grace the landscapes of the Garden with over 20 playful yet elegant pieces, making it the must-see exhibit in St. Louis.
"This time was made rather special as we were able to enjoy the wonderful origami exhibition."
By experimenting directly with paper and wax and working in a lost wax foundry for several years, I developed a process specifically for paper that captures all of its intimate details.
The technique took me two years of tireless experimentation in Austin, Texas to develop and seven years of further development with a foundry in Thailand to perfect.
In the beginning, I had to do every exhausting step of the process myself. Today, I still begin every piece with a blank page and manage it through the 35-step, 12+ week process of casting with the help of fine art foundry and fabrication teams. Pieces are cast in bronze, aluminum or stainless steel depending on the design requirements."
– Kevin Box
"While most of my peers were sculpting in clay and casting it into dark, heavy metal objects, I was inspired to do something different.
Jennifer and Kevin Box
about the artists
Jennifer and Kevin Box created OrigamiintheGarden in 2013. The first exhibition opened at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in 2014, and the exhibition has been inspiring Botanical Gardens throughout the United States ever since.
Kevin Box graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From the beginning of Box’s career, he received recognition from other artists and collectors alike with his unique and refreshing style. In 2004 he was elected as the youngest member of the National Sculptors Guild and was recognized by Southwest Art Magazine as one of the top 21 artists under 31 in the Southwest. Over the years he has perfected his unique approach and applied it to complex design collaborations with world-renowned origami masters.
Jennifer Box received her Bachelor and Masters Degree from New York University in Dance Education and Nonprofit Administration. During her years as a dancer in New York City she performed, choreographed, and created her own costuming. In 2006, Kevin and Jennifer began working together; their first collaboration was “Isadora’s Dress” inspired by Jennifer's passion for dance.
Robert J. Lang
One of the pioneers of the cross-disciplinary marriage of origami with mathematics.