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Lotuses grow in muddy, murky waters, rise to the surface, and unfold. They bloom untainted by the muck and serve as a reminder, albeit a temporary one, that moments of beauty can emerge from the toughest conditions. In Tibetan Buddhism this sacred symbol is associated with purity, awakening, transformation, and compassion, and it appears in works of art at the Rubin Museum.

For The Lotus Effect, we invite you to fold an origami lotus of your own and contribute it to a physical installation at the Rubin Museum when it reopens. The installation will serve as a community-built symbol of gratitude for the people and things that help us get through difficult moments.

How to participate

  • Fold an origami lotus flower
  • Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to fold a paper lotus, and dedicate your lotus to someone or something that supports you through challenging times. Get creative! You can add color, words, or even shapes. Make it uniquely yours.