Hugging Circles

  • Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, Hugging Circles, 2011, Zanders Elefantenhaut paper (elephant hide paper), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artists in honor of the fortieth anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 2011.54.2, © 2011, Erik and Martin Demaine

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A professor of computer science at MIT, Erik Demaine is a seminal player in the field of computational origami, which examines the Japanese tradition of hand-folded paper and its applications in geometry, industry, medicine, and other settings. Since he was a child, he has worked closely with his father, the artist and mathematician Martin Demaine, to create puzzles, games, and, most recently, groundbreaking origami pieces that lie at the intersection of art and mathematics. The duo uses many different types of paper in their works, such as currency and this elephant hide paper, often adding layers of meaning to their complex sculptures.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Hugging Circles
11 x 11 x 10 in. (27.9 x 27.9 x 25.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artists in honor of the fortieth anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

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Zanders Elefantenhaut paper (elephant hide paper)
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