Happy New Year 2016!

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Folding instructions: Hydrangea Tessellation
Main model description: Hydrangea Tessellation
Other folds and variants: Hydrangea Picture Frame, Crowding Butterflies, Hydrangea
Paper: Elephant Hide
Type: classic tessellation, letters and digits (implies: abstract tessellation, abstract, geometric, pattern, symbol, abstract periodic tessellation, non-recursive periodic tessellation, periodic tessellation, tessellation)
Author: Michał Kosmulski, other/uknown, Saku Saku (Sakurai Ryosuke), Shuzo Fujimoto (independent idea of using Hydrangea (by Fujimoto) for digits)
Colors: brown and beige
In albums: Models designed by me and by others, Inspired by Fujimoto, New Year Models, Showcase, Tessellation Examples

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

Welcome to 2016! This seven-segment display, executed in origami, shows the current year, and is folded from a single sheet of Elephant Hide paper. With a little work, each segment’s on-off state can be toggled, so you can update the number next year without having to refold the whole thing. It’s probably too slow a process to qualify as action origami, though.

Individual segment design is based on Fujimoto’s Hydrangea (level 0) while the idea of using them to simulate a digital 7-segment display is mine. Others have probably also come up with it as it comes as an obvious thing when one starts folding tiled Hydrangeas [update: indeed, I found a model of 7-segment display based on Hydrangea by saku saku].

A 64×32 grid was used. Only 26 grid units vertically are needed for the digits — the remaining 6 make up the foot which allows the tessellation to stand vertically for better viewing.

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