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Junk Mail Takes Flight

"Junk Mail Takes Flight," centers around 1,000 junk mail origami cranes. According to a Japanese legend, one who folds one thousand cranes is granted a wish by a crane spirit. One thousand origami cranes are traditionally given as a wish for healing or long life and they have also become a symbol for world peace. The thousand cranes in this exhibit are folded from a portion of the junk mail delivered to the artist‘s home over the span of one year, thereby transforming something unwanted into something inviting hope. One is invited to enjoy the color and whimsy of the exhibition while reflecting on the tradition it references. The hope, elegance, and beauty of the thousand cranes achieve a lightness of spirit with this use of junk mail, even as it critiques the remarkable waste in our society.