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Wicked, wild, and wonderful decorations.

An annual American Museum of Natural History tradition--the delightfully decorated Origami Christmas Tree and two merrily lit 19-foot Holiday Barosaurs--welcomes visitors to the New York landmark throughout the holiday season.

The theme of this year's 13-foot tree is "Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful," with ornaments inspired by the exhibition, "The Power of Poison. The tree displays models folded by local, national, and international origami artists. Expect to see snakes, fire ants, mushrooms, tarantulas, scorpions, poison ivy, toxic frogs, textile snails, and jellyfish, as well as characters from literature, including witches from William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective series.

On display in the Grand Gallery through Jan. 12, 2014, the tree is an annual tourist attraction: each year, a different theme relates to an aspect of the AMNH's 45 permanent hails or the more than 32,000,000 specimens and artifacts in its collections. Past themes have included "The Museum's Biggest and Best," "Fantastic Creatures: Mythic and Real," "Origami in Flight," "Under the Sea," "Pocket Posy," and "Origami Safari."

Volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami paper folding.

The two Barosaurs, meanwhile, are made of openwork stainless steel and festooned with pine boughs and lights. Illuminated at night, the whimsical dinosaurs flank the Central Park West staircase and echo the Barosaurus mount in the Roosevelt Rotunda.

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Title Annotation:Museums Today; American Museum of Natural History's Origami Christmas Tree and Holiday Barosaurs
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2013
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