Through Dec. 31, 2023, the Kansas City Fed’s Money Museum is showcasing the origami artwork of Steve Robbins, a hobbyist turned artist who creates inventive ways to make art out of currency.
The display, “Into the Fold,” includes an array of three-dimensional geometric shapes crafted entirely from folded paper money. Included in the 26-piece exhibit are a Sonobe Ball, a Dodecahedron and a Five Intersecting Tetrahedron. The pieces were inspired by the Platonic Solids, three-dimensional shapes whose faces are symmetrical with the same number of faces meeting at each vertex. The resulting artwork has a lightweight and delicate appearance.
“Plato used special shapes to describe the classical elements of earth, air, fire, water and the universe—that’s where I found inspiration,” Robbins said. “I’m a math guy, but I like to think I’m creative.”