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Exhibition piece in progress

dragon helix, work in progress

I’ve been working on this piece for the last month or so; it’s a huge version of my Dragon Helix design.

I first started folding this pattern years ago, creating a 6 meter long strip of folded paper for it. Sadly it was from Tyvek, which turned out to be too soft to fold properly, and the entire thing was a loss. Ever since then I have wanted to fold it correctly, and realize it in full form.

This work will be on display at the Salon Resonance[s], a large art exhibition in Strasbourg, France on November 9-12 of this year. It will be at least 10 meters long for the exhibition space, potentially longer. I just hope my hands will hold out! It’s been more than a kilometer of creasing done so far.

I enjoy playing with my art while folding; here’s a photo of me that I just had to share with everyone. It seems to be a trend for me these days to always wear my origami on my head…

Eric with some Dragon Helix modules


here is the downloadable crease pattern for the Dragon Helix, in PDF format. As always, licensed with a Creative Commons License!


  1. Laura Rozenberg says

    Impressive. How do you transport a kilometer of folded paper?

    • ericgjerde says

      Hi Laura,

      Well it’s not actually a kilometer of paper- it’s only going to be about 10 or 12 meters long, when folded. I was referring to the the length of the creases on the final piece, if you took all the creases and added them up, it will be something in the order of two kilometers of crease lines. That means two kilometers of heavy creasing for my fingertips! quite a bit of effort 🙂

      I used to live in the States, but now I live here in France, near Strasbourg. So yes, that makes transportation much easier!

  2. Laura Rozenberg says

    Sorry Eric, don’t bother answering my question. I thought you lived in the US. I see now you live in France so no problem (well almost) with traveling around your country with your artwork.

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