Landscape architecture professor Jolie Kaytes is rocking the Bay Area art world with The GridShifter, an origami kit inspired by the fault lines of California. The piece is being shown at a gallery exhibition in San Francisco beginning Feb. 21.
Kaytes’ origami project is not only entertaining but, with its sharp wit, doubles as a reminder that our assumptions about stability of place are not always accurate. For example, for the origami project “Fishermen’s Warp,” Kaytes writes, “San Francisco is wonderfully nested between the San Andreas and Hayward Faults. This, in conjunction with its diverse topography, make it an ideal location to experience a massive earthquake. Especially notable are the opportunities to see solid ground liquefy and witness the instantaneous development of new landforms. The locations of the city most susceptible to liquefaction are along the waterfront. This origami lets you create novel city spaces based on liquefaction prone areas.”
About The GridShifter, Kaytes said, “My intention was to create a souvenir that connects Bay Area residents and visitors to the unseen conditions of place. The piece encourages inventive travel and reflection between geological processes and the built environment. Of course, it also acknowledges and glorifies the folly of superimposing a city on shaky ground.”