Kayo Yokoyama: Thousand Origami Cranes

Kayo Yokoyama
1 June – 14 June 2015

Thousand Origami Cranes (Senba Zuru) is a group of 1000 origami paper cranes, held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

The crane is one of the mystical and holy, is said to live for a thousand years: that is why 1000 cranes are made, one for each year. Several temples, including in Hiroshima dome, have eternal flames for world peace with origami cranes which groups or individuals donate to add to the prayer for peace. The cranes are left exposed to the elements, slowly dissolving and becoming tattered as the wish is released.

This exhibition is the artist’s version of Thousand Origami Cranes, hanging from the ceiling in the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Seminar Room and covering a wall with cranes. Each visitor can fold one or more cranes (if they wish) and add it to the installation.