“Redpath Pteranodon” (One of the “Monumental Origami”) by Robert J. Lang
a 4-meter (16’) wingspan origami Pteranodon installed at the Redpath Museum, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Paper custom made by Papeterie St.-Armand, Montreal, Canada.
The term “Monumental” in “Monumental Origami” refers to size: this is large-scale origami, intended to make a visual impact from a distance. The uses of monumental origami are several: it can be used for decoration, for display, to make a statement about a company or product, or simply to provoke thought in the observer. One of the characteristics of origami is that it embodies a contradiction: how can such an intricate, detailed object come from a single uncut square? Monumental origami takes that contradiction and expands upon it. Conventional, bread-box-sized-or-smaller origami challenges the observer: is it possible from a single sheet? Monumental origami makes the same challenge, but adds the element of size to the mix.