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NYC - AMNH: 2008 Origami Holiday Tree

The Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for over 30 years. The tradition began when late scientist Alice Gray wowed her co-workers by decorating a small tree in her department of entomology office with origami insects.


The 2008 tree, on display from November 24, 2008 to January 1, 2009 in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, had the theme of Folding the Museum, featuring colorful paper ornaments representing denizens of the habitat dioramas, permanent halls, and special exhibitions. The 13-foot tree was decorated with hundreds of origami creatures, including a paper Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and—to represent the trailblazing special exhibition The Horse, entering its final weeks before closing on January 4, 2009—horses created by the 1,600 members of OrigamiUSA. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete approximately 500 creations displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.

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Taken on December 6, 2008