The Kid Should See This

‘Unlean Against Our Hearts’ by Matthew Shlian

This folded Tyvek half-torus structure begins rotating on two plexiglass turntables when someone approaches it. Titled Unlean Against Our Hearts, the kinetic sculpture was created by paper engineer Matthew Shlian, with robotics by Bob Stack, for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Matt Shlian folded half-torus
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Then watch his paper folding on Sesame Street and more videos about origami and paper engineering on TKSST, including Chris K. Palmer’s origami tessellations, The Kresling-Pattern and our origami world, and Tavin15‘s Flapping Bird, Japanese Crane, & Paper Cup Origami.

Plus: Diffusion Choir, a flock of 400 kinetic origami Tyvek elements.

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