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Make an origami and help raise funds for Covid-19 special care unit at Erasmus Hospital

Make origami fundraising Covid-19 special care unit
17:40 31/03/2020

Belgian designer Charles Kaisin has created the artistic project Origami for Life to raise money for a Covid-19 special care unit at Erasmus Hospital in Brussels.

He invites everyone to make an origami from a simple piece of paper by following his online tutorial. They can then be dropped  off at designated boxes in participating pharmacies and supermarkets or sent by post to: Atelier Charles Kaisin, 36 Quai du Commerce, 1000 Brussels.

Charles Kaisin origami Covid-19 special care unit

For each origami received, a donation of €5 will be made to the Erasme Foundation by the initiative’s partners. Origami for Life is a collaboration between Kaisin, the capital’s contemporary art centre KANAL and the Erasmus and ULB foundations.

The project needs €50,000 to fund a Covid-19 special care unit. Its other objective is to build an installation of 10,000 origamis to be exhibited at the KANAL - Centre Pompidou in Brussels.

The art work will represent a large home, symbolising the special care unit that will be built thanks to the collective funding effort, says Kaisin.

Together we can show our solidarity with the medical corps by building an Origami installation in their honour,” he adds.

The public is also invited to support the project by sharing their origami and the initiative on social media with the #origamiforlife.

Donations can be made to Erasmus Hospital’s IBAN account BE79 2100 4294 0033 in the name of Université Libre de Bruxelles (Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50 - 1050 Brussels) with the communication ‘Origami for Life’. A tax deduction certificate will be provided for each donation from €40.  

A trained architect, Charleroi-born Kaisin studied under Israeli designer Ron Arad at the Royal College of Art in London, before internships with French architect Jean Nouvel and British sculptor Tony Cragg. His 20-strong Brussels office creates surrealist dinner parties as well as object design, installations, architecture and scenography.


Written by Sarah Crew