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Flottille: Unfolding micro-origami by Etienne Cliquet

These small, slowly-unfolding, precisely cut pieces of silver paper — a sort of micro-origami — are by French artist Etienne Cliquet. The kid was riveted. Just two to three centimeters wide, Flotille explores both art and physics, as described in this translation:

They have a short life. The forces that drive them do not meet the laws of gravity, but at most imperceptible phenomena such as capillary action and surface tension exerted between the liquid and paper.

In the archives: more art + science.

Thanks, @mama_bean.

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