How 1000 Origami Horses Became a Herd of 2000

by Carol
(Georgetown KY)

Herd of Paper Origami Horses

Herd of Paper Origami Horses

Herd of Paper Origami Horses

My town was host to the World Equestrian Games. Expecting over 350,000 world visitors to the Bluegrass, I wanted to plan an event at the Kentucky Japan Friendship Garden: Yuko-en on the Elkhorn, that would show the connection between the horse in Kentucky and the horse in Japan.


Using a simple pattern of the flipping origami horse, another artist and I taught over 472 people how to make origami horses. My target was to end up with a 1000 origami horses and then to create the largest single paper origami horse in North America.

Everyday bags and boxes of origami horses mysteriously appeared at a local art center, and at my side door. Schools all over the county called and wanted their students involved in making origami horses. The library sponsored a workshop and weekly origami sessions and before we could count to a thousand we realized that one thousand had morphed into two thousand and our 6 ft 3 in horse had a companion that was 9 ft 8 in tall!

Students from our local high school enthusiastically rose to the challenge of helping us create two giant origami horses. With the help of many stalwart volunteers we installed, at the villa in the Japanese Garden, 2000 brightly colored and pattered horses and 2 large origami horses.

They went on display on Sept 24 thru Oct 10, a testament to the belief that everyone wants to be part of an origami dream. The youngest origami participant was 5 and our oldest was 83. We have decided to keep the horses in place at the Villa for another couple of weeks so that even after our world visitors left visitors to the Garden would have a visual treat: swirls of origami horses placed in, under and around the giant ones.

Once it is time to take the installation down, we plan to box the horses up and send them to hospitals and other facilities in the region so that others may enjoy them.

It was a project that captured the imagination of hundreds of county residents and then thousands more when they visited the Japanese Garden in the Bluegrass.

They are dream like, floating on the floor of the villa, over shadowed only by the larger origami horses, so large in size that visitors at first glance into the villa are unaware that they are there. Once discovered there are ahs, and gasps, and peels of exclamations of wonder. Our gift to our world visitors in the end became a gift to ourselves.

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Mar 28, 2016
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nice NEW
by: asha

These are so cute! orgamo horse turned out so cute. I’m coming over from the Inspiration ..

Mar 14, 2015
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Awesome NEW
by: blab

that is so awesome.

Sep 07, 2013
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AWESOME!!!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

That is a cool and really great idea! :)

Apr 29, 2013
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horses
by: Anonymous

i love it becuse it is sooooooo cute!!!

Apr 29, 2013
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horses
by: Anonymous

i love it becuse it is sooooooo cute!!!

Apr 19, 2013
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AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

soooooooooooooooooo
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 22, 2013
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Long work I suppose! :-D
by: Naomi' Delocour

I LOVE what you came up with! I am so suprised!
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:D :) :}:] Beautiful work!
Love,
Naomi

Feb 14, 2013
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Work Hard
by: Anonymous

I bet u guys worked hard to make this happen. That is very cool. It prooves that if u put your mind to it, u can accomplish any thing. Great work!!!

Jan 13, 2013
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BEST. THING. EVER! :)
by: I love origami

I'm.. I'm.. I'm speechless! :) It's so Amazing! Outstanding! Excellent work,Carol!


(10 years :D )

Jan 08, 2013
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awesome job Carol!
by: Anna

Awesomest Origami and Story I have ever heard!
You did amazing Carol!<3

Jan 04, 2013
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Cool!
by: Anonymous ;-)

It must have been fun for the school students to participate in such a wonderful event !!!

Dec 17, 2012
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Awesome!
by: Anonymous

Wow!!!

Oct 11, 2012
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That's awesome!
by: Anonymous

Cool!

Sep 28, 2012
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that was nice that u did that
by: bro

REALLY NICE IDEA

Dec 19, 2011
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I realy liked your story!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 16, 2011
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wwwwwwwwwwoooooooooowwwww
by: oo

Im working on making 1000 ciadas right now

Sep 04, 2011
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RATED INFINITY (and beyond! :)
by: Trinity Thomas

AMAZING!!! WONDERFUL!!! EXTRAORDINARY!!! INSPIRING!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! CRAZY AWESOME!!!

AND the list could go on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on,..........

BUT im not going to waste your time :)
Have a great day! ENJOY yourself, its time you get some 'Me time'

The most important thing to Origami is, "HAVE FUN!"

~Trinity (age 11)

And on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, XD

Aug 23, 2011
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Wonderful Project......!
by: Sarah Hague

...beautiful idea for a project, and involving
so many people, learning the craft of origami,
to pass on to others...I'm sure the
hospitals will be so happy with the gifts of
the horses!..Sarah

Jun 17, 2011
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wwwwwoooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww
by: origamigirl147

that's so awesome!

Jun 16, 2011
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Please help
by: Anonymous

I really need to contact someone about the herd of 2000 origami horses - does anyone know who I should contact? Or please ask them to email me at kymeitel at yahoo dot com? Thank you, Kym from Australia.

May 01, 2011
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I know how u feel
by: Katara

i know how you feel- so amazed. Me and my friends were making sonobe balls and it was a hit. All of them were so good since people helped!

Feb 21, 2011
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Hello from Australi
by: Anonymous

Hi, I think this is a fabulous story and I would like to include it in my book. Could you please contact me at kymeitel at yahoo dot com and I'll give you more information. Thanks, Kym, Australia.

Feb 08, 2011
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Horse
by: Anonymous

That's a fantastic story, especially since it's true. Kudos to you and your community for coming up with the idea, joining together and sharing the joy!


-K.K

Oct 27, 2010
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WOW
by: Anonymous

WOW thats alot of horses! So fortunate to have such great community spirit. Wish I was there!

Oct 21, 2010
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Your herd is wonderful!
by: Nora

Your horses are just beautiful! What a wonderful story of your community working together. Congratulations!

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