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1000 Cranes for Japan
(photos by Maia Fajerman, Jonathan Graves and Joanne Jones)
It feels amazing, cathartic, happy, and also a little sad. Truly the end of something old and dying and the beginning of something completely new, fresh and alive. It felt madly important to do this today, on the spring equinox, as a symbol to myself that I had survived the winter, I had won.
I thought that I was being selfless in giving away my wish, I think that is the biggest and most humbling lessons I learned from this project and installation. That the act of being selfless isn’t at all something you “do”. It is really about giving and helping, loving. Being love. Silently offering with open hands. Living with intention to give back whenever it’s possible for you to do so. And for me this realization was humbling as I started this project so I would make myself feel better; to get over a breakup, to get through the cold winter, to formulate in my head what my next move was. I was about half way through when I realized that I didn’t need my wish - and that I wanted to give it away - and then the crisis in Japan happened and I recognized that this was way bigger than me, or you, or anything else. And with heightened purpose I finished it on schedule and learned some beautiful things I may not have not stumbled upon had I not taken the time to sit down with myself.
Some things I learned from the 1000 Cranes for Japan project:
~ balance//symmetry — every fold is mirrored and the crane is a very balanced.
~ when you fold you always fold towards the center. It’s all about the center.
~ when you fold you always keep the open part of the fold towards yourself. Protect.
~ sharp, definitive folds help you to find your roadmap and are your preparation. But make sure that you are sure of your fold, nothing is worse than a crane with mis-directed roadmaps.
~ if you make a mistake, you can pretty much always fold it away towards the center and correct it. Nothing is ever finite.
~ as you fold cranes you are actually meditating once you find your rhythm. this is interesting if you choose to fold your cranes in public (like coffee shops or bars) - the right people will be drawn to you. You are sharing your practice, and this is a beautiful act of giving….
~ asking for help is ok, and it feels really comforting when it’s given.
I’m sure I’ll post some pretty pictures of the full installation as I get them for you to see.
Have a good night with sweet dreams.
It’s happening tonight! I’m installing the 1000 cranes in McGlorick Park in Greenpoint Brooklyn at 7pm close to the corner of Driggs and Monitor. If you are in the area please come and be a part of the love. Look for cranes, white and red candles, and the let the scent of sage be your guide.
I finally got my Moog shipped to me. It’s sitting at my feet and all I want to do is start playing with this new wonderful toy. Life is good.
Tonight Jonathan and I work on Niabi. Another single is coming very soon very soon.
I’ve been asked to provide an original score of music for a short film - “Jesus was a Commie”. I’m sharing the music credit with Moby. !!!
I’ll post the trailer once it’s ready.
Today is a day I can’t stop smiling, even if my life depended on it.
I’ve been folding cranes. It started as a way to pass the time, but evolved into very specific intention.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.
I think this is really beautiful. …and it got me thinking…
There is so much sadness in the world. My own sadness, others. Conversely - I do believe that the world is an amazing place, so full of magic and beauty. I am thankful for every day that I am alive. I am grateful. I am humble. There is so much love inside me I don’t know what to do with it all.
And this winter has been hard. For me - for others whom I’m close with. There is snow on the ground that hasn’t melted from January.
So I started folding cranes as a way to combat the winter blues, as a way to fight the dying light and cold - both literally and figuratively. With every fold of the crane I focus a bit of myself into my little paper animal. I fold in love, peace, and calm. I only fold when I am in a good mood.
I’m aiming for 1000 cranes by March 20th. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_20)
My idea is to string them in the trees of McGlorick Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McGolrick_Park) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I want to give my wish away to someone who needs it more than I do.
In short, I want to bring beauty and happiness and a sense of peace.
In short, it is my prayer for peace.
Would you like to participate in my prayer? Send a reply. I think it would be amazing to have more people involved. More people folding means more positive intention to the universe and more cranes and more wishes.
much love, Niabi