'Pure Magic': Origami Birds in Birdcages Currently on Display at the Library

Local artist Nickie Romanuck hopes her work puts smiles on faces; exhibition extended through April. closing reception on May 1 at 7 p.m.
Posted on 11 March 2024 by Chris Brown.

UPDATE: The exhibition has been extended through April and we will host a closing reception on May 1 at 7 p.m.

Birds of a feather flock together. Birds of origami flock to Medicine Hat Public Library.

An art exhibition created by Nickie Romanuck features more than 100 origami birds of various sizes and species, housed in 20 beautiful antique birdcages. It's currently on display downstairs at MHPL. 

Romanuck says she’s been fascinated with origami since high school and has done it on and off for decades since. 

“My favourite part is seeing what I can do with them. Seeing that a piece of paper can turn into so many things with a couple of folds is just pure magic,” she says.

Some of her creations take only a few minutes while others can take an hour or two.

She accumulated the cages over time and then set to work on finding origami models she liked, building them and finally deciding which birds should go in which cages. That was challenging, Romanuck says.

“Just trying a whole bunch of different things until I found something I was happy with. And it wasn’t easy doing them, wiring them, putting them in cages. That was more difficult than I thought it would be to make them stand up or sit or fly, or whatever they needed to do while they were in there,” she explains.

“I hope people enjoy it and I hope it puts a smile on some faces,” Romanuck says.

Come to the library to see it before it flies away at the end of March.

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