In Japanese tradition, if you fold 1,000 origami cranes your wish will come true. This project, Uncaging One Thousand Cranes, is a response to the over 1,000 refugee children being held in concentration camps. (Edit: the number of children in concentration camps is now over 10,000.) I’m building a 7’x7’x7′ frame that symbolizes a cage. And from the ceiling of that cage, I’m going to hang 1,000 origami cranes. The cage is of course the concentration camps that Trump has opened, and each crane I fold is a prayer for a child being held in one. When completed, I will open the cage and release the cranes, with the wish that the children will be released from the camps.
The original idea came as I was despairing about what was happening at the border and the feeling of helplessness and having no way to express it. And this is my response, a wish borne upon one thousand pairs of wings beating against the cages of despair.
But it doesn’t just have to be symbolism. I want to raise $1,000 to send to RAICES Texas to help migrant children being held in cages. Think of this as a fold-a-thon–sponsor me for, say, a penny per crane and that would result in a donation of $10 to RAICES Texas.