Origami (from oru meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper, or in this case, a single dollar bill, hence the name “money origami.” The creativity of the little critters that people have designed from their currency is astounding: the one-eyed crab below is even borderline frightening.
The most amazing thing about them is that they’re all made from real money. An exploration of our relationship with money and our response to it, in a political, moral and social sense, whilst also exploiting the physical beauty of the note. All the papers presented were conducted with notes of 1 or 2 dollars and any one of them is exceptional. So, the next time you’re bored and sitting on a subway train, take out your wallet let your imagination run wild.