It so often happened to me that people I smiled at or kindly greeted just looked weirdly back at me (I also learned that this is something country specific, so it doesn't apply to all the places...).
It makes me sad that simple things like kindness and a sense for others get lost these days.
So I wanted to invent something to bring it back. Something small I could manage but that would bring some attention as well.
So I started folding cranes. (Sort of)
Cranes stand for vigilance and wisdom. In Japan it's also a symbol for longevity and luck. According to an old legend, you'll get one wish free if you fold 1000 cranes (so keep you're fingers crossed. There are only about 956 missing...) ;)
It was especially this legend that thrilled me as a kid. I always imagined myself in a room filled with hundreds and hundreds of cranes.
Anyway. So I started folding cranes. Each crane gets a little message written on its wings and then I sent them flying at public places.
It certainly adds colour but it also adds attentiveness and openness if you're willingly to be open.
The plan is to do this once in every city I pass. Maybe it will inspire people or just remind them of simple but important.
Every city will get its own post and I'll sum them up with one photo and a direct link.
Update: The crane project went through a few small changes over time but it will continue to add awareness, fun and color and to let people share simple and small things with others.
Vancouver, BC Canada 2012
Mouries, Provence 19.7.2012
My hometown 11.5.2012