Origami Wall - CODAworx

Origami Wall

Client: Seattle METRO

Location: Seattle, WA, United States

Completion date: 1991

Artwork budget: $180,000

Project Team


Sonya Ishii


Gerald McGuiness

Fabrication Specialities


In the station below the International District Plaza a relief mural consists of 9 bays each with a 14' x 14' panel of painted folded aluminum. The folded sequence begins in the far bays as relatively flat painted surfaces and progresses to three dimensional figures.


Origami was carefully sited within designed bays to provide the greatest impact. The work also provided those waiting for their bus step by step graphic clues on how to fold the figures in paper. Each bay provided the next step in the process.


Sonya Ishii worked closely with the architects and engineers of Parsons Brinckerhoff to insure a seamless design between the art and the architecture. She also worked very closely with the International District community to understand their goals for the artwork within the station.