Origami Makes Its Cameo on Netflix's Biggest Hit
August 21, 2019
(Industry Intelligence Inc.)
– Anyone watching the Netflix megahit “Money Heist” has seen the Professor, the mastermind of the band of thieves, keep his cool as he makes phone calls to the police and constructs origami. The show’s Spanish title is “La casa de papel,” literally meaning The House of Paper. Origami, or paper-folding, is perhaps an analogy to the twists of the series plot that end up in surprising results.
The Japanese art of folding paper into different shapes, which originated in the sixth century when Buddhist monks brought paper to the Asian country, is now a common hobby around the world.
Being prominently featured in a major TV show will surely cement and grow this popularity.
There are festivals and events not only in Japan but also across the U.S. dedicated to this simple, yet intricate art form. For instance, the upcoming Origami Palooza will take place on Aug. 25 in San Francisco’s Japantown. Thereafter, the Pacific Coast Origami USA convention will be held in Portland, Oregon, in September.
But origami is not sticking simply with creating intricate shapes. Paper folding is increasingly being incorporated in school curriculum as a way to teach students problem solving, fractions and equations.
R&D scientists and engineers also take to origami for prototype development, with successful applications in space technologies, robotics and factory automation.
Fans of “Money Heist” want to see if the Professor will continue to outsmart the police authorities. As I look forward to the fourth season of the show, I have the suspicion we’ll see some more origami figures on the show.
In reality, origami can surprise you with many inspirations. Likewise, you may be surprised by the range of innovative uses of paper.
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