Brexit

Model
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Folding instructions: Union Jack Tessellation
Main model description: Union Jack Tessellation
Paper: Elephant Hide
Type: origami painting, other object, other symbol (implies: abstract, figurative tessellation, figurative, geometric, symbol, tessellation)
Author: Michał Kosmulski
Colors: gray

Images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Model designed on my plane back from UK which I visited just days after the Brexit vote. The British Flag itself can be used as a tessellation molecule and tiled. I plan to fold a tiled version of this Union Jack Tessellation when time allows [update: I did].

Update: even though the Brexit vote was a direct inspiration to think about the UK and, in effect, come up with this design, I admit I also used the name Brexit in part because it was a hot topic, warranting increased traffic. Using this controversial subject obviously caused some comments in social media from both the for and against camps, with people interpreting the work as being pro or contra. While my particular opinion of Brexit was negative, and the shaping of the model was supposed to represent the flag coming apart, this model was not really supposed to be a statement in the discussion, especially since it was folded after decisions had already been made and much could change anyway. Still, the fact that it was not clear from the model itself if the flag was being torn apart by the wind or proudly flying in it leads to a lesson learned — origami is apparently like jokes: if you have to explain it, maybe it’s not as good as you may think.

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