Origami Tigers

In time for the Chinese New Year of the Tiger.

Chris Bosse
Project Location:
31 Alfred Street Circular Quay Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Year of completion:
2010
Client:
City of Sydney
Chris Bosse
Project Location:
31 Alfred Street Circular Quay Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Year of completion:
2010
Client:
City of Sydney
The 'Origami Tigers' were commissioned by the City of Sydney to raise awareness of the animal's endangered status.
Originally displayed outside Customs House, they have since travelled to Singapore, Berlin, LA and beyond as part of the World Wildlife Fund's travelling exhibition.

The tigers come to life through internal lighting and translucent Barrisol cladding, supported by a 200kg lightweight aluminium frame. Each tiger was 2.5m tall x 7.5m long

AG Public Art undertook the design development, manufacture and project management of this project.
Two giant digital origami tigers playfully celebrate Chinese New Year on the forecourt of Customs House, Sydney.
Barrisol is the chosen material for Chris Bosse's latest project.
The tigers are inspired by “zhezhi”, a Chinese term for paper folding
The crouching digital tigers combine ancient lantern making methods with cutting edge digital design and fabrication technology, bringing east and west together through tradition and innovation.

The tigers are inspired by “zhezhi”, a Chinese term for paper folding, more popularly known by its Japanese name “origami”. Traditional Chinese lantern makers in Sichuan province, where lantern making has been taking place for over 800 years and local artisans were consulted.

The Chinese or Lunar New Year is the most important Chinese holiday and starts with a Lantern Festival. The Chinese lunar astrological sign is the metal tiger in 2010.
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