Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Folding Hands

He was a laser physicist at NASA, then cheif scientist and vice president of research & development for a firm in Silicone Valley. In 2001, he gave it all up to fold paper. That is, the Japanese art of origami, or paper folding. Robert J. Lang is considered an origami master, and has written what is considered to be the origami bible. He has made a rattlesnake with 1,500 scales. He mostly uses one sheet of paper, with no cutting, taping, or gluing. He became fascinated with it at age six, and says one reason he loves it is because you never run out of possibilities. But he is not just a retired paper folder. He has written many books and gives lectures. He has designed commercials for McDonald's, Toyota, and others. He has made models of how to fold air bags for car companies, and designed stents which are put in coronary arteries. They need to be very tiny, yet pop open. He believes that the same principles that govern origami might also dictate how protein molecules fold in our bodies. When these mess up, it is linked to Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's disease. He says "Things that we do for fun...have practical applications...origami might save a life." And somehow, I think that if anyone can do it, he can. All my pictures here are from the web.

"From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you. They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today." Isaiah 48:6,7


Kilauea Poetry said...

This was pretty fascinating... and yet he's found a way to apply it for some practical and necessary purposes! some people really are good at stuff like this and apparently math is part of the equation..hmm? Probably would of helped me! It sounds like he's busy but very satisfied with what he's doing now! Are you planning on getting your grandchild started on this?
Here is a link I thought you might like by the same guy-
(btw)-(I did leave a comment..maybe you saw it already)
Have a good evening Ginny-

Sandra said...

I saw this mentioned in a movie a few nights ago, the star in he movie folded one and left it on a table. this is fasincating and they are beautiufl. incredible talented man for sure.
you light is shining Ginny, thanks

George said...

The origami works that you showed are absolutely fascinating. I also found the information about Robert Lang very interesting. Thank you.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Ginny, I thought when I saw the first picture that this was origami.... Isn't it fabulous. The lady sitting at the organ is out-of-this-world gorgeous... I admire people who can do this. That man has to be very talented --and fascinating.

Thanks for sharing.

DawnTreader said...

Those are really amazing works of art.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a brilliant man with an amazing skill. I have always admired those who can master origami. I have tried it but I am all thumbs at this art.

Kilauea Poetry said...

When I moved my reply (so as not to have to many of my own)..I noticed I left out what I wanted to say in addition..that your thoughts on that post were exactly right..thank you for taking the time to share your valuable input with me!
My best-

Stephanie V said...

Ooh! That's fabulous stuff. What a talent to have.
I love the's amazing.

Glenda said...

Wow! What amazing pieces of art! I can't imagine having that much focus on details! Interesting info!