Art or Science? Origami Master Brings His Skills To Roanoke

“Skunk” Origami by Dr. Lang.

Dr. Lang’s appearance in Roanoke is part of a collaboration between Virginia Tech and the Science Museum of Western Virginia. He has been an avid student of origami for over forty years and is now recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art, with over 500 designs catalogued and diagrammed.

Dr. Lang is one of the pioneers of the cross-disciplinary marriage of origami with mathematics; he has consulted on applications of origami to engineering problems ranging from air-bag design to expandable space telescopes.

Dr. Lang was born in Ohio and raised in Atlanta. Before becoming a full-time origami artist he worked as a physicist, engineer, and R&D manager. He has authored or co-authored over 80 technical publications and has 50 patents awarded and pending on semiconductor lasers, optics, and integrated optoelectronics.

He lectures widely on origami and its connections to mathematics, science, and technology, and teaches workshops on both artistic techniques and applications of folding in industrial design.

  The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Taubman Museum of Art. No previous origami experience is necessary and the workshop is open to those 12 and above. Admission for this event is free. Seating is limited; to RSVP, call the Taubman Museum at 540-342-5760. Additional slots may be available on Saturday morning at the start of the event.