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Ruga Swan

Width 15', Height 8'

Acid-free corrugated board

Ruga Swan is part of a large travel exhibition entitled "Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami," curated by Meher McArthur. Within four years, Ruga Swan has traveled to 14 museum and visited by 225,000+ people.  

The museums include:

  • Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts

  • Hermitage Museum & Garden, Norfolk, Virginia

  • Clay Center of the Arts & Sciences, Charleston, West Virginia

  • Longmont Museum, Longmont, Colorado

  • Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, California

  • Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

  • Visual Arts Center at Washington Pavilion, Sioux Fall, SD

  • Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH

  • Northwest Museums of Arts + Culture, Spokane, WA

  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, HI

  • Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

  • Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI


“Ruga” is a Latin word for making wrinkles, creases, and folds, and the word has recently been used by material scientists to describe these various qualities. The crease pattern of Ruga Swan was developed based on the Yoshimura pattern, which is known for its ability to produce an approximated arc form that has great structural stability. Ruga Swan is an example of irregular deployment of the Yoshimura pattern to create versatile and flexible architectural skins. The form was generated using parametric tools, computer simulations and small scale paper models.

For more information about Ruga Swan, check out these two articles:

Body, Form, Material and Surface: Making of Ruga Interior Skin, Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp. 73-87. doi: 10.1080/20419112.2017.1374026.

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Folding Yoshimura Pattern into Large-scale Art Installations. Lang, R., Bolitho, M. & You, Z. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (7OSME), Volume One, pp. 1-14, St. Albans, United Kingdom: Tarquin Publications. 

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Images courtesy of Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Visual Arts Center at Washington Pavilion, Robert Lang, and Allentown Art Museum.

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