Origami Street Art

Like those who have posted below me, this post is going to be about origami.  I enjoyed the activity we did in class on Thursday, even if it was actually super difficult getting those pieces to fit together and make perfect folds on one piece of paper.  This inspired me to think bigger, more inventive ideas of origami.  Upon a search on Google, I found origami street art, and more specifically, Mademoiselle Maurice.

  1. Mademoiselle Maurice makes her art in the streets instead of museums, and the art she creates is amazing.  She started her life as an artist after the 2011 Japan earthquake, and here is a link to her website. http://www.mademoisellemaurice.com/en/creations/spectre-bis-repetita/
  2. Here is a link to one post I found on a piece of art in France. Pictures are below if you don’t wish to read the article.  http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/06/new-origami-street-art-in-angers-france-by-mademoiselle-maurice/ Not just an art for Mademoiselle Maurice, origami street art is reaching other audiences too.  In 2015, a wall in Romania was covered with origami structures to promote the no hate movement.This concept to street origami art is similar to stain glass windows- they share similar patterns and color schemes.  More and more street artists are exploring this style of math and art, brightening up Europe and Asia in particular.

Frieze Pattern

As it turns out, my house has very little patterns.  The closest thing I could find to resemble a Frieze pattern was this pattern on some old piece of clothing.

Taking just a line section of the repeating pattern, I went down the reflection chart.  I figured out there was a vertical reflection, so I followed the chart to figure out that there was also a horizontal reflection.  Having both vertical and horizontal reflections make this pattern a Frieze 7, or F7 pattern.  The picture is crooked so the lines aren’t exactly straight, but I made the vertical and horizontal lines of reflection on the pattern below.

Escher Stairs are Everywhere.

I looked and looked and couldn’t find the terrible 80’s music video with Escher stairs going in all directions, I’m half convinced I dreamt it at this point.  In my search for the video, I did stumble across how often pop culture actually uses Escher stairs as a backdrop.

  • I’m not sure if this counts as resembling Escher’s work, but in the film Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl, said dying girl cuts up a lot of books.  They reminded me of what was went over at the end of class, and how all the pages seem to fit together like puzzle pieces like in the cut-out triangle activity we did in class yesterday. My other examples are more spot on and obvious use of Escher’s work.
  • Jamiroquai’s music video for”Virtual Insanity” uses math to create illusions like OK GO’s music videos frequently do. This music video relies more on camera tricks than OK GO, but the fundamentals behind the music video is still math and timing.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et9b7LWfnxQ
  • Family Guy is a repeat offender, they use the classic black and white stairs as a backdrop a few times.  Here’s a really annoying example using MC Hammer as MC Escher.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIJMz39fggQ
  • Rick and Morty used Escher stairs in their latest season, in “Morty’s Mind Blowers”. Rick and Morty are seen trying to escape this never ending room with stairs and hallways going in what seems like all directions.  A picture is below for those who haven’t seen this clip before or don’t feel like watching this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvc8_AhAvpo
  • One of the most famous occurrences where MC Escher’s work influenced film is in Harry Potter.  The moving staircases are a direct resemblance of an Escher staircase, it shows the impossible movements stairs cannot make and the angles real stairs cannot connect.


If anyone is interested about other times Escher’s work appeared in film, here’s a good link I found.  It’s actually pretty interesting that I never realized the connection between films watching them prior to Tuesday’s class.

6 Times M.C. Escher’s Work Inspired Modern Cinema