Unfolding spring, summer and fall

Created by artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, with some in collaboration with other master folders and artists

April 28–October 21, 2018

Origami in the Garden is a monumental outdoor sculpture exhibition, created by Santa Fe, NM artists Jennifer and Kevin Box, that captures the delicate nature of this paper art form in museum-quality metal. The exhibit features Box's own compositions and collaborations with world-renowned origami artists Tim Armijo, Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson, Michael G. LaFosse and Robert J. Lang. Featured are 40 bronze, aluminum or steel sculptures outdoors in 25 displays, placed throughout the gardens near the Oswald Visitor Center. Sculptures represent cranes, bison, horses, butterflies and more outdoors.

Guided tours are available, 11 a.m.-noon on the following Saturdays: July 7 & 28, Aug. 4, 11 & 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 and Oct. 6, 13 & 20. Tours are led by art docents and begin in the Oswald Visitor Center. Free with gate admission.

Indoors in Reedy Gallery, an accompanyuing art exhibit, “Inside Out,” 24 pieces including six unfolding wall hangings, six cast maquettes, six origami paper models and six crease- pattern wall hangings.

All outdoor and indoor Origami in the Garden scluptures are available for purchase. If interested, call Fine Arts Curator Wendy DePaolis at 612-301-1873 or contact the Gift & Garden Store at 612-301-7619.

Video Credit: Kent C. Withington

Origami Classes

Origami Fun and Learning

Enjoy classes during the Origami in the Garden exhibits. A wide variety of paper folding clases, as well as paper art and other garden themed classes are available.

Explore Classes

Origami in the Garden Preview

Community Folds

Try your hand at folding origami, with demos by experienced origami folders from Origami USA/MN. Paper provided.

Select Sundays, Sensory Garden Pavilion: June 24, July 22 and Aug. 19. Drop-in schedule, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Coming July 19!
Registrations opens May 24, 2018

Workshops with origami artist and physicist Robert Lang:
10 a.m.--"Bringing Origami to Life: Artistic Folding Techniques"
This workshop will explore folding techniques of the latter part of the 20th century
that added life and natural form to origami--in particular, the technique known
as wet-folding. All paper will be provided.
$40 member/$50 non-member
Maximum 24
1 p.m. --"Introduction to Modular Origami Polyhedra"
This workshop will introduce the genre of modular origami, foldling polyhedra from
multiple interlocking sheets of paper.
$40 member/$50 non-member
Maximum 50
6:30 p.m. -"The Modern World of Origami: From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes"
Talk/Meet the Artist reception
$25 member/$35 non-member
Walk-ins welcome!

What is Origami?

The word "origami" comes from two Japanese words "ori," which means folding and "kami" which means paper. Origami is the word used to describe the ancient art of creative paper folding, which is practiced around the world. The goal of the art is to transform a flat screen of paper into a 3D sculpture using folding techniques alone. It has influenced architecture, package design, and fashion.


About Kevin Box

The works by Santa-Fe based Box appear in galleries, public art collections and museums worldwide. The creation of this exhibit began when he was a young man, learning metal casting in a style that marries paper with the age-old art of bronze casting. Box partnered with his wife Jennifer and some of the world’s best origami artists to create this show. It debuted in 2014 at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and most recently was installed at the Morton Arboretum outside Chicago.

Star Tribune: Artist Kevin Box unfolds the story behind Origami in the Garden

Arboretum 60th Anniversary

Celebrate the Arboretum's 60 years in the community!  2018 is the diamond anniversary of the Arboretum, established in 1958 by Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minneapolis Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and more community supporters, as a gift of land and financial contributions to the University of Minnesota.