CRANES FOR PEACE

EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

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

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