_«I will write peace on your wings and you will fly around the world to carry this message»._
In May 1955, when Sadako Sasaki writes this sentence in her diary, she’s very young and probably doesn’t know Eluard and his “Liberté j’écris ton nom” (1942) ; and she’s dying from leukemia in a hospital in Hiroshima. Her only hope is to finish her Senbazuru.
In Japanese, ‘Senbazuru’ stands for the art of making one thousand paper cranes in origami. The legend says that the person who makes one thousand paper cranes is granted one wish by the Gods.
Unfortunately, Sadako Sasaki was not that lucky. She was 2 years old during the bombing of Hiroshima. Nine years later, she was diagnosed with leukemia. From her hospital bed, she began making paper cranes in the hopes of reaching one thousand so that the gods would eventually heal her. She went about her task using all available paper – notebook paper, gift wrap, toilet paper – anything she could get her hands on. At her 644th crane she died.
Upon hearing the sad news, her classmates decided to finish the Senbazuru. After completing the 1000th crane they buried her with her wish. When they found her diary, they read this sentence: «I will write peace on your wings and you will fly around the world to carry this message.»
In total, the Senbazuru project has 36 images and 1000 cranes…..a Senbazuru that I’m sharing with you today. Fly around the world and carry this message.
Size: available in 20×30cm and 30×40cm Prints numbered from 1 to 16 (plus 2 AP) Photos are numbered, signed by the artist and comes with certificates of authenticity
SENBAZURU | ‘I will write peace on your wings and you will fly around the world to carry this message’