Volunteers wanted for record-breaking attempt at origami hearts

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are required for a Chatham-based attempt to break the world record for the largest display of origami hearts.

The Guinness Book of Records attempt, which is the brainchild of Ian Farr, a PhD student in the University of Kent’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, is part of a campaign by the Sports Studies Society of the universities of Kent and Greenwich to raise funds for two charities – the Molly McLaren Foundation and CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young.

The heart was chosen as their emblem as it is an anatomical and physiological symbol of health, vitality and compassion.

The record breaking attempt will take place in February 2019 in The Deep End on the Medway Universities’ Campus. After that the organisers are hoping to show some of the origami work at the Historic Dockyard and Rochester Cathedral.

The attempt will involve volunteers making 70,000 origami hearts. When the hearts are ready and counted, they will be glued to paper to a specific criteria which will meet the Guinness record rules and have maximum visual impact on the day.

Ian Farr said: ‘We have chosen to use the model of the heart that all students will be familiar with. There will be 4 squares inside a square to resemble the chambers. People will be able to walk through it and become essentially blood vessels moving in and out of the heart and so part of the art.’

Further information about making the hearts in available from Ian Farr.