In the world of art, there is pop art, most famously advanced by Andy Warhol, and there is pop-up art which isn’t necessarily related. Pop art wasn’t universally embraced when it fist appeared because it wasn’t high art, which isn’t art by or for high people – but it could be. Pop-up art isn’t universally embraced as art, though it has a tendency to appear in museums alongside the previously mentioned high art – but usually in a far away gallery so as not to confuse the traditionalists. The thing about pop-up art is that it seems as if any kid with a pair of scissors and some paper can do it. But doing it well requires a fairly advanced degree of artistic vision, courage and skill. So ultimately there are only a few notable pop-up artists. And it’s probably not you, even though you’ve probably been known to be handy with a pair of shears.
In another dimension on this theme, there is “Origamic Architecture.” It’s a type of pop-up art except that it uses only one piece of paper to create the three dimensional forms. Origamic architecture can trace its roots back to the Tokyo Institute of Technology where a professor experimented with the idea of merging origami with kirigami (paper cutting). Soon enough a new art form was born and now there are books on the subject. So for anyone looking to fill up a few spare hours, grab some paper and an x-acto knife, and you too can be an artist. And if you’re asking yourself if there is an app, well there is the Origami iPhone app. Perhaps origamic architecture app is on the horizon.
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