One Thousandth of a Wish
The traditional paper crane origami form is known as 折鶴 (orizuru). It is considered the classic origami form.
There is a folk story in Japan that making one thousand paper cranes (千羽鶴 senbazuru) grants the maker a wish, or that an illness be healed. Senbazuru are left every day at Hiroshima.
This project involves folding one thousand cranes and expressing each one as a unique metamorphogram.
Using the metamorphogram technique, each crane becomes the product of its experience, despite sharing all aspects of process exactly. The project therefore references the philosophical basis of self in memory, and individuality in a homogenised culture.
In cultural memory, each orizuru also represents one thousandth of a wish. Can one thousand individuals make a wish come true?
Exhibited as an installation containing over 500 orizuru as part of the Art& Show (2018)
Exhibited as part of the solo show All Small Things Must Evolve Slowly (2017).