The Peace Cranes exhibition fills St John’s Church with origami cranes folded by people from across the world inspiring reflection on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the acceleration of species extinction.
Origami cranes are an icon of hope for peace because of two year old Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima when the bomb was dropped and later developed leukemia. Hearing a legend that anyone who folded 1,000 origami cranes would get a wish Sadako set out to do so but soon died. Since then folding origami cranes have become a global sign of hope for disarmament.
In 2015 Atsuko Betchaku wanted to make 140,000 cranes to commemorate all who died from the Hiroshima bomb. Atsuko died in 2017. Her vision is realized in this exhibition.
The Origami Crane is modelled on the Red-Crowned Crane, now endangered by human activity. Janis Hart’s magnificent installation transforms this icon of peace into a plea for protecting biodiversity.
Includes free origami workshops and online and in-person events on the climate and ecological emergencies with international artists and activists.
Photos, videos and more info at: peaceandjustice.org.uk/what-we-do/peacecranes/
From 15 October – 13 November open Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 4pm excluding service times (Wed 11am – 11:30am).
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Enjoy a lunchtime tour every Thursday at 1pm for the Alan Davie: Beginning of a Far-off World exhibition (Raphael is not included). Spaces are strictly limited so this must be pre-booked in advance.
Peace and Justice (Scotland)'s 'Peace Cranes' project culminates with Consequences: Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age – an exhibition of contemporary art at Edinburgh’s Out of the Blue Drill Hal