Inspired by David Rokeby's installation titled 'The Long Wave' which represents the materialization of a radio wave, a herd of flying cranes was constructed. Cranes were chosen as they are a symbol of loyalty, long life and joy. Above all, birds are what gave humans the dream of flying. Origami cranes are also used to commemorate special occasion, bring beauty into one's home, and to share love with family members and friends.
It is the legend of the crane and the tradition that states 1000 paper cranes will give one wish. Poor little Sadako Sasaki was only 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. As Sadako grew up she developed leukemia and only ever wished for one thing, world peace. For the time the young girl spent in the hospital, she folded crane after crane and prayed that one day, her wish would come true. Unfortunately, when Sadako was 12 years old she passed away, and her classmates continued to fold the remaining cranes. Sadako Sasaki was buried with all 1000 of her cranes.
The paper cranes are displayed in a "V" formation to demonstrate the formation in which birds fly. The front bird is generally the one who breaks wind. In the installation the birds are flying in a "V" formation, however the "V" is visible vertically from the front and back of the herd. This is interpretted as a meaning that anything can be conquered, seeing as birds work together to get from point A to B.
The birds are hanging by threads to represent the act of flying and to represent that one must hold onto things or they will let go. The cranes are also constructed of newspaper because it is a symbol of global news and communication. The newspaper cranes show world peace just like Sadako Sasaki's story, since world issues are generally found in the newspaper.