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Artist Jill Scher Will Use One Thousand Origami Cranes In New Installation

Jill Scher

At Carbondale’s August First Friday celebration, people can learn to fold origami cranes, which will become part of a new installation that commemorates lives lost in the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. 

Artist Jill Scher says she’s already folded more than 500 cranes for the installation, which will be hung in Carbondale’s Third Street Center.  She wants 1,000 cranes total.



"The idea of doing one thousand cranes in Japanese culture is supposed to bring good luck, and then, since World War II, that’s shifted into the idea of peace," she said.

Scher wants to involve the community, and kids in particular, in this installation.  

She’ll teach anyone ages nine or older to fold cranes on the Roseybelle Art Bus, which will be parked near Main Street on Friday.

The cranes are set to be hung on Aug. 6th, the anniversary of the day the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. 



Contributor Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life. Christin is a veteran of Aspen Public Radio, serving as producer, reporter and interim news director.