Monday, April 03, 2006

Jonah and the Whale - Elias

This is Neil Elias' Jonah and the Whale from Origami 3 (1977) by Robert Harbin. The model is folded from a standard fish base, with a sink on both corners. I often call this model "Jonah in the Whale" because the idea of the model is for the viewer to open up the mouth of the whale to find Jonah inside (which is the real fun).

What I love about this model is that although there is apparent simplicity, it still provides Jonah with a surprising level of detail. He has a hat, clothing, and even a nose. Jonah is made from one tip of one of the long flaps of the base that has a colour change.

I'm really surprised that this model hasn't become a traditional favourite, but likely that's because Origami 3 has been out of print in English since the 70s, so most people wouldn't have access to the diagrams. Still, there are many used copies of the book available, and you should be able to find one for not too much money.

This model was folded from a single 15cm sheet of Origami paper, blue on one side, white on the other.