Crittergami is the origami-inspired art installation at The Collection featuring six animal sculptures scattered throughout the property. While these beauties are made of sculpted steel that are designed to be climbed on, selfied with, and marveled at, each critter actually has a delightful personality all its own. Let’s meet them!

Crittergami owl sculpture

Sly’s a smart one. Wisest of wise. He sees things others don’t. Which is why it’s so hard to trick Sly – like your mom, he has eyes on the back of his head.

She’s a patient girl, always with her eyes on the prize and heart full of happy. Shelly’s favorite saying: Slow and steady wins the race. (Hear that, hare?)

Crittergami turtle sculpture
Crittergami butterflies sculpture

You know how you and your friend run through the park together? Laughing, leaping, smiling ear to ear? That’s these two. Meet Swish & Flip: besties of the vibrant variety.

There’s a lot we can learn from Scamp. Things like: be prepared, work hard, and always pack a snack. When he’s not foraging for nuts, he’s climbing trees – just like you.

Crittergami squirrel sculpture
Crittergami bird sculpture

This is Chirp, a boundless friend who’s always singing a beautiful song. Ever wonder what she’s whistling to us down below? That we all have wings.

Meet Inch, a determined little fellow who knows he’s headed somewhere spectacular. His philosophy: The journey is just as amazing as the destination.

Crittergami caterpillar sculpture

Meet the Artist

Crittergami was created by sculptor Kevin Box of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It took him about a year and 35 labor-intensive steps to make each sculpture. Kevin partners with origami artists to develop the design and paper model, and, after lots of molding, lost-wax casting, 3-D printing, welding, and painting, a sculpture is made. Why origami? He says he’s drawn to it because of the lesson it can teach you. “We all begin with a blank page and we can make anything of it we like,” says Kevin. “The only limitations are what we put on ourselves.” Kevin says his goal for the installation was to create work that was engaging and interactive for all audiences and ages. Special thanks to Kevin’s origami artist partners, whom he calls “the world’s greatest paper folders”: Beth Johnson, Michael G. Lafosse, and Robert J. Lang.


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