I was passing through the Buchanan Street Mall in Japantown yesterday & discovered that The Paper Tree is hosting a collection of origami dragons. The designs range from the simple to an impossible-looking 3-headed beast. The models are a result of a competition held by the Pacific Coast Origami Conference in 2000. All are folded from a single uncut sheet of paper. The 2009 conference is being held this November in San Francisco, & I hope to attend.
The exhibit is clearly an improvised affair, but if you look around carefully, you can find other marvels, such as Robert Lang's incredibly anatomical bugs, Eric Joisel's spiral-shelled snail, Linda Miraha's linked cranes & Brian Chan's WALL-E. I always want to know the dimensions of the original sheet of paper, but for some reason that information is never readily available.
The Paper Tree store itself is still family run & one of the few hold-overs from the post-War revival of Japantown. The highly proprietary staff have posted many signs telling customers how to behave.