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Cranes for PeaceThe Los Alamos Peace Project began the "Cranes for Peace" project on 9 January 1999 at the Childrens' Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a screening of the film Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes.
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
A Childrens' Peace Statue was created by children in a school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The statue was conceived in 1989 and was completed in 1994. By the time of completion, the bronze sculpture had received financial support from 76,000 children from 63 countries and all 50 of the United states.
Now we are reviving the intentions of the children who created and supported this sculptured prayer for World Peace. The Los Alamos Peace Project is an idea - to bring the community together to focus on creating a greater commitment for this bio-region to participate in the creation of World Peace - and to transform the Los Alamos National Laboratory from a weapons production facility into an institution dedicated to engaging in life affirming research and development.
New Mexico is the nuclear weapons capital of the world. The Los Alamos National Laboratory is continuing its mission to develop new nuclear weapons as well as beginning the manufacture of plutonium pits (the nuclear trigger) for the Stockpile Stewardship Program. This Cranes for Peace project is one of many ideas which have emerged from the community to serve this overall bio-regional objective.
||On Hiroshima Day, 6 August 1999, in unity with the Peace Day
which is observed in Hiroshima, children in Santa Fe (translated as 'City
of Holy Faith') decorated the statue with cranes folded in the Northern
New Mexico bio-region and cranes sent from other communities from around
the US and the world to decorate the statue for this ceremony of unity.
The First Peace Day in Santa Fe was a grand success. This project
only really started in March 1999 and it yielded 37,000 cranes - 12,000 from
this bio-region, 7,500 from places as far afield as Australia and New Zealand,
and 17,500 from Japan!
See another image here.
NetWorks Productions Inc.
941 Rio Vista, Apt A
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA
Wish for good healthA fourth grade class at Ludlow Elementary School in Ludlow, Vermont USA folded 1001 paper cranes as a wish for good health for their art teacher Ms. Marilee Blodgett while she was being treated for lymphoma.
Ludlow, Vermont USA
Student Patrick Chimbolo advised us that the class donated the cranes to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon,
Patrick's teacher says that the children have learned a lesson about the power of art to communicate: "To all that participated in this project and all that have seen the cranes, this is truly a story of hope. The 1001 cranes symbolize this hope. They are a gift of the heart and hand. It is the sincere wish of these students that all who view the cranes will find inner peace, knowing that they are being thought of with much love."
Patrick kindly sent us the image above [from the Rutland Herald 22 Dec 1998] and suggested that the 1001 cranes be included in the goal of a Million Paper Cranes for Peace by the Year 2000.
Ludlow Elementary School
Ludlow, VT 05149 USA
Sadako puppet performance
Cape Town, South Africa
Our puppet production Sadako, based on the story of Sadako Sasaki, ran at The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa from 25 June to
14 July 1998.
When the play was performed , we had at least 700 paper cranes on stage, and a further 650 were folded and attached to posters, programmes and invitations, or displayed in the theatre foyer.
The response to the production was overwhelming - audiences were deeply moved and the show received very favourable reviews. We don't have any immediate plans to perform Sadako again, but we hope to tour South Africa and possibly other countries in the future.
Paul Abrams and Jaqueline Dommisse
The Puppet People
PO Box 1005
Sea Point 8001 South Africa
"Our World and 2000 Paper Cranes" ExhibitionFrom January to March 2000 the children's department of the Public Library in Phoenix, Arizona will host an exhibition " Our World", which was inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki and the thousand cranes. To commemorate the 20th century and welcome the 21st century, we will hang 2,000 paper cranes in the gallery, together with art works including painting, sculpture, ceramic, and mixed media works. We are inviting artworks by students and teachers from elementary through high school, ASU Fine Art students and faculty, community groups or organizations, and local artists. At the end of the exhibition we will send one thousand paper cranes to the Children's Peace Statue in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The rest of the paper cranes will be distributed back to participating schools to hang in classrooms, to remind the students to work for world peace. The artworks will be available for purchase and proceeds will be donated to the library children's program and Papa's school, which is a school for homeless children in downtown Phoenix.
Phoenix Public Library, Arizona USA
Last modified 27 September 2006