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    "A, B, Z": New York's Origami Tree


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     sjunat55 took several trips to the American Museum of Natural History to capture images of a Christmas tree covered in origami ornaments. “The tree is something else, with hundreds of intricate origami decorations, arranged by the first letter of the name or group of the animals, with the letter displayed close by,” he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    It's certainly not the tallest Christmas tree in New York City, and it doesn't have a grand skating rink next to it, but it well might be the most unique and different of them all.

    This is the tree at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan's Upper West Side,

    "Origami from A to Z" is the theme of this year's tree,, decorated as they have for more than 30 years by OrigamiUSA with ornaments made using the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

    The letters of the alphabet are scattered around the tree, with origami animal models placed near the letters according to the name of the animals or the group they belong to.

    OrigamiUSA is a group devoted to teaching and promoting this ancient Japanese tradition.

    The American Museum of Natural History is located on Central Park West and 79th Street, where the tree is on display at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall until January 3, 2010.

    For more information on this New York adventure, go to www.amnh.org.

    And to learn more about the Japanese art of origami,

    you can click on www.origami-usa.org.

    Merry Christmas from A to Z!

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