She became too weak to finish the project but after her death, her classmates completed the senbazuru in her honour. Influenced by her story the practice of senbazuru grew in popularity throughout Japan.
The artists who created 1000 Cranes, Ambient & Co believe that the senbazuru legend has great significance for today’s world, deeply affected by constant negativity.
They have created a canopy of hanging origami cranes that light up as visitors move through the space. As the crowd grows more cranes light up until 1000 cranes are fully illuminated.
The artists also invite individuals to post their own aspirational messages at #hope on Twitter. Their sentiments will be analysed and reflected back to the installation through changes in the colour of the illuminated cranes.
The aim is to unify the community around Vivid Sydney and send a positive message into the nightsky.