Make Paper Windmill Robots, Play With Creativity Together

In support of the Makers’ Education Week, National Science and Technology Museum, Chung Hwa Pulp, and the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office jointly held a series of activities called, “Creation by the Makers, Love for the Environment – From Co-Work to Co-Existence”. In the event, Dutch artist Noa Haim was invited to create in the scene. Combining the image of the Dutch windmills with the Maker concept, Dutch artist Noa Haim worked with people to create a giant windmill robot of up to 4.8 meters in the Taiwan Pavilion. The construction process required quite a lot of labor work and consumed a lot of time. It started with Chung Hwa Pulps providing 1000 pieces of corrugated paper, all of which had been customized beforehand to fit for the purpose, for makers to create 100 small paper robots at first. Thereafter, all of the 100 small paper robots were used to be assembled into a 4.8-meter-high huge windmill robot. The assembling process was just like piling up a massive amount of building blocks, so even a tiny misstep could result in a frustrating domino-like collapse.  After 72 hours’ incessant co-work, the 4.8-meter-high huge robot was finally erected. CHP also offered 10,000 pieces of matt finish paper on the spot for attendants to fold windmill spiral blades which can also be taken home as a souvenir.
The event lasted from May 5th to May 8th in 2016. Integrated with a few different features such as environmental protection, green energy, and new technologies, etc., the event encouraged people to “take actions rather than speak loudly” through joining in the experiences of hand making and sharing ideas on social network.  There were also numerous seminars held during the event.
The concept of environmental education was promoted in diverse approaches in an attempt to stimulate people to share ideas with each other and discover ways through which people can coexist with the Nature. At the end of the 3-day exhibition, the number of visitors reached 2,000, while the windmill robot was consequently arranged to become a permanent display object on the 1st floor lobby of the North Hall of the Science and Technology Museum. The 3-day-and-3-night assembly process of the windmill robot has been uploaded onto YouTube videos for browsing.

Time-Lapse Photography of the Paper Windmill Robot