Happy birthday, Akira Yoshizawa

Today’s Google Doodle honors Akira Yoshizawa, creator of the wet origami technique. The doodle celebrates what would have been Yoshizawa’s 101st birthday.

LA Times explains his unique origami technique, “[Yoshizawa] spritzed the paper to make it damp and then folded, creating more realistic figures. The technique was used for his famous gorilla origami.”

The article went on to say that, “Yoshizawa was said to have created 50,000-plus works of origami art. Some sources say Yoshizawa didn’t sell his works, only giving them as gifts. He considered them ‘his children.’ By the end of his life, Yoshizawa’s work had been displayed at sites including the Cooper Union in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Louvre.”

Pretty impressive, right? Check out the origami master in action below!