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OrigamiintheGarden2 makes its Texas debut at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Eliana Rodriguez |

Exhibition opening weekend is set for Sept. 19 and 20

SAN ANTONIO (September 10, 2020) – The San Antonio Botanical Garden is pleased to announce its newest exhibition, OrigamiintheGarden², a Santikos Art in the Garden Exhibition, presented by the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation. This premier art exhibition of origami bronze, steel and aluminum sculptures is making its Texas debut on September 19 and will be on view through May 9, 2021. Opening weekend (Sept. 19 – 20) is hosted by Capital Group. 

OrigamiintheGarden² is an art exhibition of larger-than-life outdoor sculptures inspired by the art of paper folding. This incredible outdoor sculpture exhibition, created by Santa Fe artists Jennifer and Kevin Box, captures the delicate nature of the origami paper art form in museum quality metals. Displayed within beautiful garden settings are examples of what can be folded from a single piece of paper such as soaring birds, gliding airplanes, galloping ponies, floating boats, and emerging butterflies. The exhibition features Box’s own compositions as well as collaborations with world-renowned origami artists Tim Armijo, Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson, Michael G. LaFosse and Robert J. Lang.

“This impressive exhibition tells the story of using a blank piece of paper to create beautiful origami sculptures,” said Sabina Carr, Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Botanical Garden. “When visitors come to the Botanical Garden, not only will they enjoy the sculptures perfectly displayed throughout the gardens, they will also learn about the different types of plants that for centuries have been used to make paper.” 

“I hope this exhibition can inspire people with the creativity of origami and nature in a safe outdoor environment,” said Kevin Box. 

Each piece of the exhibition has a story to tell. See a brave bison standing tall in the native grasses of the Hill Country watching over his domain. Imagine a paper airplane nestled within bright red firebush flowers as if ready for take-off over the glass conservatories. The exhibition will include signs giving visitors insight into each of the sculptures found throughout the Botanical Garden’s 38 acres. 

The Botanical Garden will offer a variety of dedicated programs to engage visitors with the OrigamiintheGarden2 while abiding by CDC guidelines for COVID-19. Examples include a curated audio tour, papermaking and origami folding classes, and Japanese cooking classes. Distance learning opportunities for school groups and adults will focus on the relationship between origami and engineering, the roles plants play in paper creating, the science of papermaking, and the life cycle of the butterfly through the lens of origami.

Learn more about OrigamiintheGarden² exhibition at sabot.org/origamiinthegarden2

About the San Antonio Botanical Garden
The mission of the San Antonio Botanical Garden is to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives. The San Antonio Botanical Garden features 38 acres of nature spaces located deep in the heart of San Antonio. Daily admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is $15 adults; $13 students and military; $12 children age 3-13; $3 Museums for All (with SNAP or WIC EBT card and valid ID). San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston Place at North New Braunfels. Limited free on-site parking available. The Botanical Garden is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit sabot.org or call 210.536.1400.

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