1,000 Cranes for Peace Paste-Up is organized by Stacey Gross and Hilary Pope. It is our response to the tragic events that affected us and our community over a weekend that included the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando and a beloved community member's untimely death at the hand of a gun. We both felt a sense of helplessness, frustration, and sadness that weighed on us heavily. That's when we decided to do something.
In Urbana, IL we have a creative space called The Sipyard, an outdoor bar nestled between two structures. People are encouraged to make art, graffiti and paste-ups on the alley walls. We decided that we wanted to make 1000 paper cranes as paste up images, and affix them to the alley walls using wheat paste. In Japanese tradition anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish.
We invited our community to come together to cut out cranes, decorate them, write messages of peace on them, and ultimately paste them up. The turnout was huge and the labor was long. Participants commented on how nice it was to be able to physically do something, and that it was a cathartic, meditative, positive and healing event.
Our wish is for peace.