18 juli 2017

298,000 folded paper cranes

When her colleague and good friend Hieke Raap was killed in the disaster with Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17 was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down by the Russians on 17 July 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board), teacher Tjitske Dijkstra decided she was going to fold 1,000 paper cranes for Hieke together with her pupils in a way to express their grief.

Her project was soon picked up by the media and it didn't take long before many people also began folding cranes. Not only in the Netherlands, but also in Spain, Germany, Indonesia and Africa. And they all sent the cranes to Tjitske Dijkstra.

The result was a collection of 298,000 paper cranes, 1,000 cranes for each victim of the crash. At first it was unclear what was going to happen with the cranes, but now they form the exhibition "Room of Hope" in a building of the former zoo in Emmen. A great memorial and very very impressive.
I will have a few more photos tomorrow.

Linking to All Seasons.

21 opmerkingen:

  1. Truly amazing and so very inspirational! Your photos of the exhibition of cranes are beautiful; love shot 2!

  2. Inderdaad ontroerend en indrukwekkend.

  3. Really wonderful show of love and togetherness by all the people involved.

  4. How wonderful Marleen, a moving and poignant expression of grief felt ✨

  5. Echt indrukwekkend Marleen, en wat 'n kleuren, schitterend. Je heb dit heel gaaf in beeld gebracht.
    Groet kees.

  6. Wat is dit mooi! Ontroerend om te zien en dat zoveel mensen hier aan meegewerkt hebben.

  7. What a beautiful tribute to the victims, Marleen. Would love it if you add this to All Seasons (it's here still Tue night, and the link list is open till Wed. 7 pm, Pacific time.
    This is a direct link to the post, so you don't have to look (have a new blog theme. If you - next to your photo also - like to leave a comment, click on the title of the post, and then you will see the comment section on the bottom:)

  8. What a fantastic project! I was in a play in university based on a book about survivors of the Hiroshima bombing. We learned about the folklore that says your wish will be granted if you fold 1,000 paper cranes. We also learned to fold them. I love that so many people were generous to send in so many cranes. I hope many wishes are granted and people feel comforted.

  9. Unbelievable beautiful. There has to had a lot of work to make all these papers like this art.

  10. bijzonder mooie hommage Marleen


  11. Hartelijk dank voor de foto voor All Seasons - it never sounds as good as in Dutch! Thank you again, Marleen!

    1. Dankjewel voor de uitnodiging Jeanette :)

  12. That is totally spectacular! Thanks for sharing! have a great week!

  13. What a gorgeos work! It seems so "living", they are ready to fly...
    greetings from Germany


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