Workshops Exhibition and Silent Auction
to Benefit Japan
April 1 to April 20, 2011
Reception Friday April 15, 6 to 9pm
Friday, 15 April, 6 to 9pm, Reception.Full Schedule »
Senbazuru — 1000 Origami Cranes
I have always been intrigued by the beauty of the Japanese culture. I had the amazing opportunity to live in Japan for nearly 4 years. I was truly able to experience a way of life that was very different from what I was used to. Living in Japan had a profound impact on my life and I will always greatly value the friendships and knowledge I gained while being there. I have been deeply affected by the destruction and loss of lives that have taken place. It has been incredibly difficult for me to see the damage of a place that was once my home.
I became inspired to do the 1000 Origami Crane project (Senbazuru) after a discussion regarding how to create a compassionate response to the tragedy that took place in Japan. Senbazuru are groups of a 1000 origami cranes that are held together by strings. While living in Japan I spent time in Hiroshima and saw firsthand the rebirth of a place that was so terribly destroyed. 1000 Origami Cranes became a symbol of world peace after Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who died as a result of radiation poisoning from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, made a 1000 origami cranes. At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, there are numerous Senbazuru made by school groups and individuals, donated as a symbol of peace and hope. I was struck by the compassion and sense of community of the Senbazuru, which is why I felt it would be powerful part of the HopeActLove workshops.
The crane in Japan is considered to be a mystical or holy creature. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes is granted a wish, such as health after a long illness.
Students, staff, faculty, and the outside community were asked to make a crane to make the 1000 Origami Crane Project a true community effort. This is an ongoing project that will continue until the goal of 1000 origami cranes is met.