With the heightened instability and constant stream of negativity around the world, the legend of 1000 paper cranes has more bearing now than ever before. The story was first popularised by Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was 24 months old when she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Sasaki developed leukemia at age 12 and after spending a significant amount of time in hospital she began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand. Toward the end of her life she became too weak to finish but in her honour, her classmates completed the rest of her after her passing. This goal was inspired by the Senbazuru legend that stated if 1000 cranes were hung in one’s home it would act as a powerful, lucky and benevolent charm.
Using this legend as the foundation of the installation, a participant can walk through hanging cranes which light up around them. As the crowd grows in numbers more cranes light up to the point where 1000 cranes are lit, representing the legend’s goal, bringing the participants joy and hope for the future.