For his recent visit to the Vivarium I made David Attenborough an origami Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma darwinii), which is one of his favourite critically endangered frogs. He has, and continues to be, an inspiration to me – he vivifies the natural world with such wonder, joy and curiosity. When I heard that he was coming to Manchester Museum to film I wanted to make him a gift that expressed my admiration for him and would be a memento for him of his time spent at the Museum.
To contain the origami Darwin’s frog, I designed and made an origami box that was inspired by the spectacularly beautiful Blue Bird of Paradise, one of his favourite birds. I was away on holiday on the day Sir David visited, but during his lunch Andrew presented the gift on my behalf. I am told he absolutely loved it and Andrew took a picture of the moment – I am so pleased and think the look on Sir David’s face said it all! If you would like to make your own origami Darwin’s Frog you can follow the little movie below I made that shows you how!
Naomi Kashiwagi, Student Engagement Coordinator, Manchester Museum
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