There is a very bizarre mix of things that interest me, and I’m always excited when two of those interests overlap (for example, last month’s mash-up of Halloween and Geek culture).
Today’s strange bedfellows are travel and origami. More specifically, foreign currency and origami. Along with the rest of my family, I’ve been doing origami since I was old enough to know the difference between a mountain fold and a valley fold. That’s not to say I’m that good at it (though I have converted over 250 used Post-Its into paper cranes while fidgeting through two months of daily team meetings).
I would never call myself an origami artist, because I have never come up with an original design, but I have a great deal of respect for those who are. And that’s part of the reason I wanted to post this and help show off someone else’s creativity.
This is a gallery of origami creations folded from international currency. And rather than the usual array of bow-ties and other creations that can be folded from a dollar-shaped scrap of paper, these models actually incorporate the faces of the heads of states and assorted celebrities pictured on the bills.
I was amused to see some Norwegian kroner thrown into the mix. Along with the foreign currency, the site also has a large collection of pieces folded from Japanese yen. Unfortunately the captions are all in Japanese.