The coronavirus pandemic’s impact has been devastating in the United States. When this project started, the death toll was nearing 100,000. It has since grown to over 250,000 lives lost.
The 100,000 Folds project seeks to help us visualize the scale of these deaths by creating 100,000 triangular origami pieces, folded by our community, that represent the first 100,000 deaths from the pandemic. I invite you to participate, if you are able. Participants will fold 250 triangular units, a process that takes three to four hours from start to finish. In the process of folding each piece, you will commemorate and observe each of these lives lost, while contributing to something larger — a physical manifestation of the toll of this virus in our country. The collected 100,000 origami triangles will be constructed into sculptures to memorialize the people who’ve died. We need to remember those souls, and also to be reminded that we need to do better.
At this time, we have enough participants in 100,000 Folds to complete our initial goal of 100,000 pieces of origami. Please visit this website periodically for updates and progress photos and follow us on Instagram @100thousandfolds.
One folded triangular origami piece; these units are the building blocks for the finished sculpture.
The powerful color of red was chosen for this project to symbolize the blood shed by COVID-19 victims and our anger around the mismanagement of this crisis.