Irving Cranes 2020

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Note: This event took place in Aug-Sept. 2020

Irving Cranes Project and Programming

To celebrate International Peace Day, the Irving Public Library and partners challenge Irving residents to create 1,000 origami cranes from August 15-September 30. Beginning Aug. 15, the community is invited to pick up packages of origami paper, while supplies last, at any of the library's drive-up windows as well as at various community partner sites. No special paper is required. So you can also use paper from home to create origami cranes. Bring your cranes to the library by Sept. 30 where artist Sarah Downey will turn them into art installation pieces for public display at the South Irving, West Irving and Valley Ranch library locations. 

During this time, residents will also notice pop-up origami art on the sides of library buildings and other areas in and around the city. Irving Library's social media channels will also feature supportive programming with special themes for Book Talk, Be Well, Mindful Minutes and a community storywalk. 

Project History and Purpose

Inspired by the book Sadako Sasaki and the Peace Crane Project, our hope is to get thousands of cranes that will then be used to create art installations at each library location. Sadako Sasaki, a 12-year old girl is diagnosed with leukemia as a result of being one mile away from the bombing at Hiroshima when she was age two. With less than a year to live, her father tells her the legend of the cranes. that if she folds one thousand she will be given a wish. Sadako and her paper cranes have become a symbol of peace around the world.

1,000 Cranes for Peace is a community build to help focus on common goal to bring peace and joy; a focused effort that working with our hands will bring soothing, meditative activity during times of heightened stress and anxiety. 

How to Get Involved

Help out by folding cranes, enlisting others to help fold origami art and get the word out. The more cranes received will allow artist Sarah Downey to create bigger and better art installations for Irving's libraries. Take a picture of the folded cranes before donating them to the library and post to social media using the hashtag #IrvingCranes.