Origami Lava was an installation created within the framework of the Lluèrnia, Festival of Fire and Light, held annually in the volcanic city of Olot.

A river of fire that illuminates the darkness of the night. A lava flow that leaves from an abandoned building and expands and adapts to the urban topography of the environment. A closer look at the elements that form it, reveals an origami figure, the fortune teller a classic children’s game completely changed from its context.

The Building

The Lliça Square in Olot, a public space by the river presided over by a large abandoned building, was the chosen site to assembly the ORIGAMI LAVA installation. The square has three different levels, giving dynamism to the lava moving bed towards the river, while giving the spectators different levels of contemplation of the installation.

The decadent image of the building, in a state of total ruin, made it the perfect starting point for the lava.

10.000 Origami Figures

The basic element of the installation was the “fortune teller“, a classic origami figure that everyone associates with a children’s game. More than 10,000 pieces of origami were used, joint together at the back by staples.

This figure was chosen because of its geometry. The four points of paper created the abstract image of small flames that spread across the ground. Fortune tellers were created with the natural colours associated with fire and lava (different shades of red, orange and yellow). These elements illuminated the darkness of the night, with a luminous volumetric texture capable of transforming the public space where it was located.


The installation occupied more than 100m2 with a continuous flow of lava illuminated with several series of lights strategically placed, creating an incandescent liquid rock effect. The lighting system was based on LED stripe coils at 220V AC SMD5050 of 60 LED/m of warm white. There were also LED Philips Ledinaire Mini 10W BVP105 spotlights with strategically placed colour filters to illuminate with more intensity certain areas, for example the inside of the building.

At the same time, the generated artificial smoke caused an environmental diffusion of light in the entire neighbourhood of the square, thus increasing the scope of the intervention.