Rodger Despres has been fascinated with trains since he was a child, and that fascination has inspired a lifetime of work. “We didn’t have the money to buy a model train for me when I was little, so I decided to make one of my own from paper,” Rodger says. From there he began making paper folded trains and 50 years later his models now inspire others. Without the use of any adhesives, Despres engineers his trains and tracks entirely of calculated folds and interlocking paper tabs to create intricate designs that must be seen to be believed. Despres’s Folded Paper Trains are a part of The University of Michigan Health System’s Gifts of Art program and are on display through April 9. Open Daily 8am-8pm. Taubman Health Center South Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. 734-936-ARTS. www.med.umich.edu/goa
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