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My name is Mark Thivierge. I folded my first orizuru, or origami crane, as a present for a dear friend. However, as I was creasing the paper, I was unaware of the history and symbolism of this crane, which only took me five minutes to make.

A popular Japanese legend states that if one makes a wish after folding one thousand paper cranes, his wish is granted. One of the most memorable people who folded the Thousand Cranes is Sadako Sasaki, who, at twelve years old, was diagnosed with leukemia from leftover radiation from the Hiroshima atom bomb ten years before. To this day, people all over the world continue to fold origami cranes, simple yet powerful symbols of hope and peace in a chaotic and war-torn world, in Sadako’s honor.

But hope and peace come in many forms. In today’s world, this hope and peace is starting to disappear. People spend more time with their cell phones and computers than with their loved ones. Cars rush along highways, horns blaring if the slightest amount of traffic forms. Many adults and children are oblivious to the feelings of hunger, poverty, discrimination, danger, warfare, climate change, and terrorism. Still others experience these feelings every day.

That’s where Hidden Crane comes in. From the simple act of folding origami cranes, people can find hope and peace in unexpected places: the adjacent subway seat, the library shelf, the university lecture hall, the full parking garage, even the dangerous neighborhood they never knew existed. The messages that these cranes can tell are also diverse: a Crane of the World to raise awareness about terrorism in Syria, a crane folded from newspaper to encourage recycling, a set of kissing cranes to show the beauty of love. By participating in Hidden Crane, you don’t have to fold one thousand cranes to wish for hope and peace. You can share that wish with millions all over the world.

Next Steps...

Hidden Crane is constantly improving, so if you have any questions or project ideas, feel free to contact us at:

info.hiddencrane@gmail.com