The orizuru, or paper crane, is a design considered to be the most classic of all Japanese origami. It is a representation of the Japanese red-crowned crane which has a special significance in Japanese culture and a thousand orizuru strung together is called senbazuru, meaning “thousand cranes”. Artist Cristian Marianciuc has taken this timeless and traditional creation and has embarked on a journey himself, where he has been folding and decorating one origami paper crane for each day of the year with its purpose to serve as a personal yet public daily journal, capturing his daily events and feelings. He began this project January 1st, 2015, and his works include a wide array of paper cranes adorned with flowers, cartoon characters, paint daubs, beads, or transformations into ornate creatures such as butterflies or even architectural structures like the Thiên Mu Pagoda from Vietnam (pictured above). All in all these beautiful structures are beyond astounding and the sheer patience and creativity it takes to create just one of these unique paper birds is breathtaking.
“I chose the crane model for its symbolism – serenity and the promise of being granted a wish should I manage to fold 1000 cranes,” he tells Strictlypaper. “Everything else that I add to the origami bird is supposed to reflect a variety of things, from the way my day is going, to my sources of inspiration, people I love and look up to, music, things that make me happy and also things that make me sad.”
He continues, “I wanted to somehow slow down the passing of time and to discipline myself from a creative point of view: creating something every single day is not a particularly easy feat. But the time I set aside every day to create my cranes has become somewhat of a ritual that I just may continue even past the 1000 mark.”
You can continue to follow his daily journey through is Instagram account and name of the project @icarus.mid.air. May it prove to be as inspiring a feed to you as it is to me.
all images courtesy of Cristian Marianciuc, via direct submission.