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Golden Venture / 3D Modular Origami

This page attempts to record what is known about the style of modular origami known as Golden Venture or 3D Modular Origami. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.



This style of modular paperfolding, which is probably of Chinese origin, first came to the attention of paperfolders in the West following the arrival, and deliberate stranding, of the vessel 'Golden Venture' in New York Harbor on 6th June 1993. The ship held 286 Chinese citizens, mostly from the Fujian province of China, who hoped to claim asylum in the USA. The US immigration authorities incarcerated them in various East Coast prisons where many remained in custody for up to 4 years. Whilst incarcerated, some of these asylum seekers created sculptures out of whatever materials were to hand. Some of these sculptures were made wholly or partly using the modular origami technique that has now become known as 3D Modular Origami, but is also sometimes known as Golden Venture origami.

Source: Wikipedia.