CRANES FOR PEACE
Paper birds created in Harleston have flown a remarkable journey around the world and to the edge of space.
The flight of a thousand origami cranes carried messages of peace from local people. Most were made from coloured paper, with seven, representing the seven continents, pure white, and the final bird much bigger than the rest of the flock and representing the community.
The thousand cranes were first displayed in St John’s Church, Harleston.
The wing tips from each crane were then cut and placed in a transparent sphere which was taken to New York, landing briefly at the United Nations building before sharing its message of peace at the Ground Zero memorial.
The next adventure for the origami wing tips was to hitch a ride on a research balloon and soar 22 miles to the edge of space, becoming the highest peace messages in the world. They parachuted back to earth, and back to Harleston, before joining thousands more peace cranes at the peace memorial in Hiroshima.
Eventually the wing tips came back to Harleston where they were set alight in a ceremony designed to release the messages of peace into the air one final time.
The cranes in St John’s Church, Harleston