As part of SPECTRA 2016 Aberdeen's Festival of Light, artist Kathy Hinde is displaying her installation One Thousand Birds inside Marischal College. In order to complete this work she needs help from the people of Aberdeen to create 1000 origami cranes.
Learn how to fold an origami crane by watching the video above and bring/post your completed bird to Seventeen at 17 Belmont St, Aberdeen AB10 1JR by 5th February 2016.
A collection of 1000 origami cranes, according to an ancient Japanese legend, is said to grant a wish.
The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures and is said to live for a thousand years. This installation aims to bring people together and is inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki. At the age of 12, Sadako Sasaki developed leukaemia as a result of radiation from the bombing of Hiroshima. She remembered the Japanese legend that anyone folding a thousand paper cranes is granted a wish. She attempted to fold 1000, as a wish to live. However, she only managed 644 before she died – her friends finished the rest for her so she could be buried with 1000 birds.
Every year on World Peace Day people from all over the world fold paper cranes and send them to Sadako’s statue in memory of the innocent victims of war. A statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was built at the Hiroshima Peace Park in memory of her. On the statue is a plaque:
“This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth.”
Kathy has worked in communities around the world who have helped her create this installation. Most recently in Manchester, as part of Enlighten Festival of Light and Sound Art, we worked with many groups including adults and young people from the Keystones Centre, the Stoke Association in Duckinfield, the 6th Bury (Brandlesholme) Brownies, Chetham’s School of Music, Back on Track Confidence & Community Group, the Trafford Centre for Independent Living, Funky Fitness & Fun and The Bridgewater Hall Singers.
Hannah Ayre who lead the workshops commented,
"My mission for the week was to create 1000 origami birds for an installation by Kathy Hinde and Matthew Fairclough. Thankfully I am not alone in the task. I’ve been meeting with groups from all over Greater Manchester, who have been helping out. If you haven’t made one before, the origami crane is a complex model involving umpteen folds. Participants have required patience, dexterity and precision. Many of the people I met were unsure of their ability and whether it was achievable for them. However, when their square sheets of paper transformed into a birds, there was an enormous sense of achievement all round,"