Help us make 1000 Paper Cranes at the Diefenbunker!

Posted: August 2, 2013 in Exhibitions, Local Community

paper craneAn ancient Japanese legend states that folding 1000 paper cranes will grant you a wish. It was this ancient legend that inspired the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who lived during the time of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan. Because of radiation exposure, Sadako developed leukemia at a young age. Her only wish was to live, and so decided to fold 1000 paper cranes to make that wish come true.

She was only able to finish 644 cranes, after which she became too weak to continue. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 12. Read her full story here. Sasaki’s paper crane story is the basis of our new exhibit entitled “Building Peace.”

The Diefenbunker has partnered with One World Dialogue (OWD) to create the exhibition “Building Peace” (September 14th – December 31st, 2013), located in the Bank of Canada Vault (level 100). The exhibit will explore how we build and create peace looking at the past, present and future.

We want you! There are three ways you can be involved with our new exhibition:

1) Submit your artwork – We are currently seeking visual art submissions for this exhibition.
For more information, click here »  The deadline for submissions is August 12th, 2013 at 4:00pm

2) Help us make 1000 paper cranes – Join us at the Bunker (or even from the comfort of your own home) and donate your paper cranes between August 6th, 2013 and August 10th, 2013. The 1,000 paper cranes will be on display in the Bank of Canada Vault as part of the Building Peace Exhibition, then donated to the Children’s Peace Monument in remembrance of the bombings.

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own paper crane.

Papercraneposter_13) Participate in our paper crane workshop– come join us on Saturday August 10th from 1-3pm in the Butler Hut at the Diefenbunker.
Learn how to fold cranes and other origami! At the end you will put your newly acquired skills to the test – we will all work together to fold two life sized cranes! The workshop is free and all origami will be donated to the Children’s Peace Memorial in Japan.

Exhibition Details

How do we build and create a ‘culture of peace’ as we move into the future?

Art is a powerful tool to express the human desire for peace. This exhibition explores different perspectives on building peace representing our past, present and a look to our future.

Date: September 14 – December 31, 2013
Launches Saturday, September 14, 2013

Location: Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3911 Carp Road, Carp, ON, K0A 1L0 |


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