Oritsunagumono (translated as ‘things folded and connected’) is a collection of Origami Works by artist Takayuki Hori, created to highlight the environmental threat of pollution to a number of species native to Japan’s coastal waterways.
Each translucent sheet is first printed with either the images of fragments of an animal’s skeleton, or, on some pages, human-made discarded objects that are often ingested by the animals in the wild.
Using the ancient tradition of folded paper, Hori assembles the pages into a three-dimensional model.
Once the paper is folded, the printed components are united as a whole, telling the visual story of the animal’s plight to survive in an increasingly polluted and hazardous ecosystem.
Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Awards – an award show that invites student designers to submit their senior thesis works to be judged by a group of industry professionals. Takayuki Hori’s work Oritsunagumono was awarded 1st prize. Hori embeds the ancient craft of origami with an environmental theme by using the skeleton of a sea turtle, waterfowl and 6 other endangered animals printed on a translucent material.