Beethoven Series (2021)

by Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine

These folded paper sculptures are inspired by Beethoven's Grosse Fuge Op. 133 in Bb major, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth. We printed Beethoven's hand-written sheet music onto the paper, highlighting Beethoven's creative process. Listening to the music while folding along concentric circles had a dramatic effect on the folded form.

“Grosse Fugal Form” is part of the permanent collection of Beethoven-Haus Bonn, on occasion of Beethoven's 250th birthday. We thank Luisa Guembes-Buchanan for initiating and advising this project.

[0651] “Grosse Fugal Form” (2021), Mi-Teintes paper, 12" × 12" × 17" high:

[0652] “Fugal Form” (2021), Mi-Teintes paper, 8" × 13" × 12" high:

We used six pages (three 2-page spreads) from Beethoven's Grosse Fuge Op. 133 in Bb major to create three different unfolded sheets of paper:

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