Update on 9/19/2020: Thank you to all who have joined our paper folding community. I am overjoyed and honored to have so much positive feedback and interest in 100,000 Folds. For now, I am closing registration in 100,000 Folds in an effort to catch up on sending folding kits to current participants. If you are interested in participating, please use the contact page to send a message and I’ll let you know when registration is again open. Please consider supporting 100,000 Folds with a contribution toward the cost of outgoing postage.

Participate in the 100,000 Folds project

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 200,000 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.

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A red piece of paper folded into a triangular shape.

One folded triangular origami piece; these units are the building blocks for the finished sculpture.

Close up image of a stack of red paper.

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.

“What you remember saves you”

W. S. Merwin, Green with Beasts


This sculpture project began in May, 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic.


  • joanna@100thousandfolds.com


Philadelphia, PA 19143