Unfolding a La Nina mystery


I used to make paper planes as a kid. Sometimes they only flew a couple feet, but I could see how the crisp lines made air travel work.

“La Nina” provides a chance to see how Christopher Columbus’ ship might look from the paper plane perspective. The black steel sculpture on 18th and Virginia Ave. N.W. is part of the heavy Art Museum of the Americas collection around the Organization of American States building.

“La Niña is the name of one of the three ships of Christopher Columbus and is associated with the age of exploration,” said Columbian artist John Castles. “The project is also dedicated to childhood as it resembles the traditional folded paper boat, a universal toy.”

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