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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

One Thousand Cranes




On Friday I went to Leeds to see an art installation by an old school friend. I've known Kirsty since I was eleven. We hadn't seen each other in over ten years, but what's a decade between friends? So Andy and I arrived just after lunch, and immediately launched into helping with last-minute preparations.


The installation itself consisted of one thousand origami cranes, each illuminated with an LED, and suspended from the roof of an old prison tunnel. Kirsty has blogged about the development of her idea, and the process of pitching it to the annual Leeds Light Night event, at Night of a Thousand Cranes. I'm so impressed with her dedication to making this happen (it's her first art exhibition) and with the enchanting end result. You get a surprising amount of light from 1,000 LEDs!




17 comments:

yogurt said...

That looks fabulous! Simple yet fascinating to the eye.

SilverNeurotic said...

That reminds me of one of my favorite books as a kid, "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes".

Everyday Kathy said...

Wow! That is totally fabulous!!

lakeviewer said...

Yes, amazing display of persistence and determination. The lights look fabolous.

Debbie said...

Incredible! They are beautiful and I am impressed just imagining the work that went into those.

Emma said...

Wow! That looks amazing!

Fly Girl said...

How lovely. I know that origami takes a lot of time to get right. This artwork shows a lot of skill and vision.

Alice Braga a.k.a. Alice Marie said...

Brava to Kirsty. And what a fun way to reconnect with her after all those years.

Chef E said...

I love this- no one has thought of it yet, only once frames lined with nails and those round think sequins on each one, and when you blew they rustled...it must have been a good installation, because it stuck with me!

Hope this comes my way...

Jo said...

What a lovely thing to do to help showcase your friends talent -- I think it turned out quite beautifully stunning!

Thank you for sharing art in your part of the world with your readers.

I hope the exhibit was a huge success as it deserved to be!

Peace and serenity,
~Jo

The Blonde Duck said...

This reminds me of that Sadako book I had to read in the fifth grade. Such a sad book!

Stephanie V said...

That's stsunning. What a lot of work!

The Local Cook said...

beautiful! We just had ArtPrize here in West Michigan and it reminded me that I love art so much.

Christine said...

Looks good. I hope others come to admire the work.

Kazzy said...

Now, that is cool!

Rachel said...

There's the dedication in getting the idea accepted and then the dedication needed to make 1000 origami cranes. I'd go mad with all the repetition - I'm very impressed!

cornflakegirl74 said...

What a beautiful project and really showcases how much time and effort was put into its execution. I wish your friend the best of luck!

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