1,000 Paper Origami Cranes & the Wish for Peace

It was almost serendipitous that two simultaneous Peace Crane Projects were in the works during April and May to create an astounding 1,000 paper origami cranes. The project's roots are based on the ancient Japanese origami art form, where delicate and colorful kami paper is folded into ornate objects. And, according to ancient legend, "anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods." In this particular case, peace for Ukraine. 

"The idea of a Peace Crane Project came as a recommendation from a friend's dad, says Jiwon Choi, a Fryeburg Academy freshman. "I thought it would be a meaningful project [for our origami club] if we all expressed ourselves through art in our hope for peace in Ukraine and all people around the world. When I heard Dawn Crowe was leading another similar project from the Fryeburg New Church, it motivated us to reach out to join our efforts.”

Approximately 40 Academy students, faculty, and staff participated in the project through paper donations or assisted in the cranes' delicate folding to create a stunning 500 paper crane art installation in the Academy's Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center.

"For us at the Fryeburg New Church, the project was more of an emotional group effort rather than a physical one," says church member Dawn Crowe. "I was sitting in church one day and trying to think of a creative way to help with the events unfolding in Ukraine, and my thoughts went to origami cranes," continues Crowe. "It was a fortunate stroke of luck that Jiwon and the origami club had the same idea and that [Fryeburg Academy faculty member] Greg Huang-Dale connected us. I love the idea of this being a "sister project" as it feels broader in scope to have 500 cranes in each location."

And while the two Peace Crane Projects are housed in different locations, both share the same symbolic expression of peace. "I love the idea of a visual representation of peace," concludes Crowe. "It seems that each crane can represent the thoughts and prayers in all of our hearts when tragedy and injustice strike. Origami itself can be an act of mindfulness, almost like a mantra or prayer if you allow it to be."


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    It was almost serendipitous that two simultaneous Peace Crane Projects were in the works during April and May to create an astounding 1,000 paper origami cranes. The project's roots are based on the ancient Japanese origami art form, where delicate and colorful kami paper is folded into ornate objects. And, according to ancient legend, "anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods." In this particular case, peace for Ukraine. 
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