Princeton Paper Crane Project

princeton paper crane project

In the summer of 2020, the Arts Council of Princeton partnered with Miya Table & Home to present The Princeton Paper Crane Project, a community effort to express our grief and honor lives lost, but also to celebrate love, eternal strength, and resilience of spirit. The finished project acted as a collective wish of hope and peace for all.

The crane, in Japanese culture, is a symbol of longevity and peace. Senbazuru (a thousand cranes) is a well-known tradition in Japan that promises to grant a wish to anyone who folds 1,000 cranes. The Arts Council joined in creating this one-of-a-kind project to make a collective wish for health and peace.

Our goal was to fill a room with thousands of cranes for this project. By the time the exhibit was installed, our community had contributed 18,000 cranes, exceeding our wildest expectations. View the exhibition in its entirety here:

There are different methods of making paper cranes, here's how we did it