Origami Crane Made from … 2,000,000 Origami Cranes: A Flapping Success for Japan Earthquake Relief

Origami Crane Made from ... 2,000,000 Origami Cranes: A Flapping Success for Japan Earthquake Relief paper origami multiples installation
Photo by Andrew Moore for New York Times Magazine. Click for detail.

Shortly after the Japan earthquake the nonprofit Bezos Family Foundation invited children from around the world to mail origami cranes to its Seattle headquarters, promising to donate $2 per crane to the relief efforts, up to to $200,000. A few days later a truck arrived filled with thousands of cranes. And then another truck. And then another. Eventually over 2,000,000 cranes arrived at the steps of the non-profit and the organization doubled its donation. Now, Brooklyn-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has been tasked with taking the cranes and making something incredible with them. Above, an image from the New York Times Magazine shows the progress of his meta paper crane mosaic made of paper cranes made from math homework, hall passes, love letters, Saran wrap, Kleenex, candy wrappers, and restaurant menus. Astounding! (via hyperallergic, ny times magazine)

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