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April 18, 2010

Golden Venture origami

Filed under: Uncategorized — popularkinetics @ 11:57 pm

The “golden venture” style of paper folding has become popular among origami enthusiasts in the past decade, but the story behind style is one of much sadness and anguish. In 1993, about 300 Chinese refugees were discovered on a boat, the Golden Venture, which had run aground off Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York. Some drowned trying to escape, but most were sent to prisons to await decisions on their immigration status. Only about 30 of these refugees eventually received asylum. Most were extradited to China to an unkown fate. While in prison, they made over 10,000 of these beautiful vessels out of whatever paper scraps they could find–newspapers, magazines, notepads and napkins. The detainees gave them as gifts to those trying to help them, or sold them to help pay legal fees. These beautiful origami paper vessels are now on display in an exhibit titled Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

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