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An Artist’s Journey To 1000 Origami Paper Cranes

Cristian Marianciuc's Journey To 1000 Origami Paper Cranes

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.