"1000 Cranes" is a city of Tempe public arts project located at the Marina Heights business complex off Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Arizona.
This piece began as 1,000 paper origami cranes that were direct cast in bronze making a permanent symbol for world hope, love, honor and peace.
"1000 Cranes", 2016, 1000 bronze cranes, polypropylene line, and powder coated steel hanging system, 25' H
The inspiration for this project is the story of Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was 2 years old when the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. She developed leukemia due to the bomb at age 12. Sadako believed in a Japanese legend that promised anyone that folded 1,000 paper cranes would be granted a wish. Sadako began folding paper cranes in the hope that she would get well. She folded 644 origami cranes before she died. As a tribute, her classmates finished folding her paper cranes, and a world movement began.