Hear them roar

Sian
Wednesday 11 Aug 2010

East meets west as giant digital origami tigers go on display in Berlin for WWF

Adopted by the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF), these 2.5m by 7m origami tigers are currently on display in Washington Square, outside Berlin’s central station to raise awareness for the organisation’s international Year of the Tiger campaign.

Designed by architectural design firm LAVA working with Jennifer Kwok, the forms have been constructed using aluminum and the plastic Barrisol and are 100% recyclable. Fusing ancient lantern making methods with cutting edge design and fabrication technology, the giant origami tigers bring tradition and innovation together in the merging of east and west.

Tobias Wallisser of LAVA explains: “In our architecture, modern technology blends with natural forms and ways of life of all kinds. That must preserve nature in all its diversity to stay. In particular, the majestic tigers need to be protected from extinction.”

In the last 150 years the wild tiger population has dropped from 100,000 to 3,200 causing mass concern that by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022, there may be no tigers left in the wild. Hunted for their skin, teeth, bones and claws, for decorative items, as status symbols and through human-tiger conflict, the world’s largest cats are also threatened from loss of their natural habitats as land is cultivated for farming.

Sian Disson
News Editor

WWF are attempting to raise the profile of the tiger and are making every effort to double the wild population over the next decade. To find out more, click here.

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