Giant Origami Fractal


11 Responses to “Giant Origami Fractal”

  1. David Nash says:

    “first time in the history of the world” … Apart from the entire plant kingdom… And possibly all of life?

    • John Aspinall says:

       I think the “first time” is referring to this particular fractal; clearly it can’t be any fractal.

      Congratulations J9!

      • imaguid says:

        i think you must be right about it being for this particular fractal, since i’ve had a level 2 menger sponge (modular, made out of business cards) sitting on my desk for a few years now.

  2. Boundegar says:

    49,000 business cards is not enough – it’s not fractal unless it’s infinite.

    • John Aspinall says:

       Then no-one has ever drawn a fractal either… because they didn’t use an infinite amount of ink/pixels.

       Here in the reasonable world, some of you are welcome to insist on calling this a limited resolution rendering of a mathematical object that has an infinite amount of detail.  The rest of us will skip to the chase and use the same name for the object and its rendering, where the context is clear and there’s no confusion.

  3. duncancreamer says:

    We have one of these – slightly smaller – in our office. After moving offices and we had a bunch of extra cards, so instead of chucking them out, the Creative department stuck them all together. We made the sponge.

  4. Joe Alfano says:

    I had the pleasure of attending a lecture/workshop by Jeannine Mosely at MIT in the mid-1980′s: “Paperfolding Stellated Polyhedra”.  Her talent for designing simple paper modules that assemble into beautiful mathematical shapes is sheer genius.

  5. Singe says:

    When I first saw this article on Boing Boing I thought “this reminds me of that person who made a Menger sponge out of business cards a while back.”

    And it is that person.

  6. Nathan G says:

    All I can think is “I wonder how to make this in minecraft”

  7. Without wanting to sound mean spirited, isn’t the whole point of origami that it gets made out of a single sheet of paper?

    • Ben Fritzson says:

      Strictly speaking, Origami involves one uncut unadorned square of paper. In practice, each of those five qualities is accepted or rejected on a widely variable basis.

      Cutting is most widely frowned upon (though many early models relied on it).

      Almost no one cares if the paper is decorated, but most prefer to have the figure’s features defined by the folds (stripes and spirals good, drawn eyes or faces bad).

      The vast majority of folders use paper, but many of us use a wide variety of materials including sheet metal, thin sheets of wood and an assortment of edible options.

      Most models are built for squares, but many use a variety of rectangles (when folding currency or the euro-prevalent A4) and some even use triangles, pentagons and hexagaons.

      Lastly, while the bulk of origami, especially organic forms, uses a single sheet, there are countless innovative geometric designs that use multiple sheets. While many of these models are hypothetically possible with a single sheet, the necessary thickness would make them impossible in reality. Modular origami is a widely practiced subset of the art. Models that use more than one sheet where one would do are less appreciated by practitioners of the art.

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