Yuliya Kyrpo 1000 Crane Dress

29 Jul


This is a dress by Yuliya Kyrpo made with 1000 of newspaper cranes. I’m just very impressed by the whole practice of this piece. I know very well what it feels like folding 1000 cranes myself as I grew up folding everything foldable into origami objects. AND even if you have supernatural speed in folding cranes (like me) I can not deny that 1000 crane is the most tedious and frustrating labour you can get yourself into.Well I stopped at 867… My sister bet me and completed the holy 1000 for her school exhibition installation piece but you wouldn’t believe how devastated I felt (even though I didn’t fold them) WHEN SHE SET THEM ON FLAMES  in a glass bowl as part of the performance. It was quite emotional… It’s not only the blood and sweat and the whole effort it takes to fold 1000 cranes but the other historical meanings that paper cranes embody in asian cultures… Paper cranes are crafts made very carefully representing HOPE, LOVE and PERSEVERANCE that is meant to bring miracles and grant otherwise impossible wish.

Maybe the artist was aware of these embedded meanings when she created this piece. If so, may your biggest wish be granted!

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