NO. 502

December 29th, 2016 — 10:00pm

Bloomingdale Yoga District, Washington DC

A paper crane in honor of Tricia McCauley.

Tricia McCauley Crane at the Altar

Tricia McCauley Quote
In today’s class, Kate read this poem by Naomi Shihab Nye in honor of Tricia…


Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.


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No. 497-501

December 24th, 2016 — 11:11pm

Arlington, VA

5 paper cranes made for the members of the Howard family… thank you for welcoming me in your home for the holidays. (Each crane is made from wrapping paper scraps from unwrapped gifts and added int0 the Howards’ lovely Christmas decorations).

2016 Christmas Cranes

2016 Christmas Cranes


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No. 496

November 13th, 2016 — 11:11pm

Little Haiti, Miami, FL


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No. 495

November 12th, 2016 — 11:12pm

Wynwood, Miami, FL

We stumbled across “Art Walk” on 11/12/16 and saw this art piece at a pop-up gallery for Footsoliders: Coinslot presents My Neighbors Don’t Like Me!!!

This artwork is of a real parking ticket from the day before on 11/11/16 with drawings by @coinslot. We left a paper crane on the empty shelf next to it.


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No. 494

November 12th, 2016 — 11:11pm

South Beach, Miami, FL

Left at Katsuya, a Japanese sushi restaurant, where we enjoyed a lavish tasting menu. We lived in Japan for over 6 years growing up and this is where we learned to make paper cranes and of the original 1,000 paper crane story.


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No. 493

November 11th, 2016 — 11:11pm

Coconut Grove, Miami, FL


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November 11th, 2016 — 11:11am

This year makes 7 years and is the first time my sister, Sarah, and I spent this 11/11 anniversary together since the original day 11/11/09. Sarah lives in Jacksonville now, so we planned to meet up in Miami to have a weekend to ourselves in remembering our mom.

Spending time together this 11/11 especially made us appreciate our bond not only as sisters but as friends. Growing up, we weren’t the closest and these days we find our relationship more important than ever. We saw different signs of Mom in Miami, even though we’ve never spent time there before. These signs included a giraffe statue that reminded us of one of our favorite pictures of her in Korea, lots of birds (statues & alive ones), the abundance of art and decorative items she would have loved, all the tropical plants, and the diversity that is ever present in Miami.

This trip came at an extra weird and unexpected time around the election with America going through what feels like their own additional grief. Our Korean mom was an immigrant who never became a US Citizen, holding only a green card that kept her in the states because she was married to our dad who is a white U.S.-born citizen. It goes without saying that we do not support the president-elect Trump and fear the hate that he represents. Without getting too far down the path of political rhetoric … We stand TOGETHER for mom’s, for all women, for people of color, for immigrants, for minorities, for LOVE and HOPE in honor and the name of our mother Myong Sun Kim. 

kaleena and sarah




If this is your first time here and would like more details about this project , check out the first post on 11/11/2010 >>

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No. 492

November 11th, 2016 — 11:11am

Kenneth M. Myers Bayside Park, Miami, FL
Placed on 11/11/16 on a Miami trip with my sister Sarah. This crane is pictured next to a giraffe statue, one of Sarah’s favorite animals and also reminds us of an old picture of our mom sitting on a giraffe statue in Korea.


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NO. 490 & 491

November 2nd, 2016 — 11:11pm

All Souls Day 2016

No. 490 Placed at an altar that started for Melissa’s mom that grew to honor many more mom’s and many more souls. This crane is made from a lemonade label.

No. 491 All Souls Bar, for family and friends in the neighborhood. This crane is made from a receipt from a Korean spot where I bought food for the altar event earlier in the evening.




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No. 489

August 20th, 2016 — 11:11am

La Menagerie, Firenze, Italia

Crane made from the paper card left with our receipt on our last Italian meal after a long week travelling in Northern Italy from Pisa to Florence.


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No. 478-479, 484-488

June 7th, 2016 — 11:11pm

I went to 7 beaches while in the region of Guanacaste, Costa Rica and placed 7 Cranes while I was there over the week through June 7th (my sister’s birthday).

Mostly stayed in the town of Playa Portrero and crane locations include: 1. Posada Rio Celeste, 2. Playa Flamingo, 3. Playa Pierta, 4.Playa Brasalito, 5. Playa Grande, 6. Playa Penca, 7. Hibiscus Restaurant







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November 11th, 2015 — 11:11am

Over the past six years, every paper crane I make or see is a reminder of my mom and I am thankful for these memories. I haven’t been as active in these past few years making or recording them but these trinkets continue to honor my mom’s memory and have her story live on. I miss her everyday and as I get older my appreciation for her only continues to grow.

This glass case holds some of my mom’s trinkets along with crane gifts from my dear friends. It is essentially an altar with additional offerings from some of my travels where I have left paper cranes.

crane_0 crane_3 crane_1 crane_2 crane_4

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No. 480-483

December 25th, 2014 — 11:11pm

Holiday wrapping paper cranes, made from a gift I opened on Christmas from Soung.

480 - 483

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November 11th, 2014 — 11:11am

These photos are from spring 2009, I had no idea this would be the last spring garden my mom would grow with her own hands. Nonetheless, I know it is my mom who is still making new life grow in my garden with every year that goes by.


“even though you passed going on five long years
still waking up late at night crying tears
now i’m just missing you
how i wish

i wish that i could hold you now, i wish that i could touch you now
i wish that i could talk to you, be with you somehow
i know you’re in a better place, even though I can’t see your face
i know you’re smiling down on me, saying everything’s okay
i wish

voices in my head are telling me to go to church
say the lord is the only way for you to stop the hurt
waking up to life sometimes seems worse

i tell you folks don’t know the half
i would give it all up just to take one ride with you
with you

instead of throwing these stones at me
somebody pray for me

come on and braid my hair.”

Words can be hard in times like these, so I chose to share this song that has always touched me. It accurately captures all of the feelings. (lyrics above are modified from the r. kelley ‘i wish’ cover by how to dress well ‘waking up to life sometimes seems worse’)

“i lost my best friend and i sang this song for him. this was a really beautiful and sad experience for me–the video is the only take of the song, the first time i’ve ever played it, culling the lyrics from memory and singing from my soul with and for my boy. i hope if you’ve lost someone you love you know that this shit is from the bottom of the heart. ” -HTDW

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No. 477

September 25th, 2014 — 11:11am

Placed in a tiny house on a horse ranch in Fallbrook, CA . Fallbrook is the avocado capital and is located in San Diego County.




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No. 476

September 21st, 2014 — 11:11am

Joshua Tree National Park

After hiking Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree, I decided to make a paper crane out of the only paper source I had, the wrapper to my Epic Turkey Bar. Appropriately, someone before me had made a tribute to “Mum” out of rocks and the view couldn’t be more perfect.


476 wrapper

476 folded



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No. 475

September 13th, 2014 — 11:11am



Birthday crane made for Margie.

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No. 474

June 2nd, 2014 — 11:11am


Red Rocks – Denver, CO

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No. 473

May 30th, 2014 — 11:11am


Denver, CO – AIGA retreat 2014, made from shutterstock sketch napkins


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No. 472

March 27th, 2014 — 11:11am


The Netherlands (via Leonie B.)

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No. 461-471

February 2nd, 2014 — 11:11am

Paul takes some paper cranes to Guatemala.

461  Tilapa Beach
462  Las Georginas hot springs, Zunil
463  Central park, Antigua
464  Scenic overlook near “Alaska” with Lago Atitlan volcanoes in the distance (highest point on Quetzaltrekkers trek)
465  Santa Cruz La Laguna, La Iguana Perdida
466  Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan Town Square
467  San Marcos La Laguna, The Yoga Forest
468  Traveled back to be placed in San Diego
469  Cafe Red, xela
470 Parque Central, Xela
471 ?



:(All other photos lost on a crashed hard drive ):

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No. 460

January 21st, 2014 — 11:58am


Exuma International Airport – Bahamas

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No. 459

January 11th, 2014 — 11:11am


Paper Crane for Holly C.


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January 10th, 2014 — 11:11am


Paper Crane for Omar Q.

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NO. 456 & 457

November 25th, 2013 — 11:11am

Nestled Pines Chalet
Berkley Springs, West Virgina



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NO. 455

November 24th, 2013 — 11:11am


Paper Crane made for Tiffany & Peter in memory of his mom Sandy.


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NO. 454

November 14th, 2013 — 4:02pm


Paper Crane made in memory of Cameron and in honor of his brave mother, Amber.

“…an amazingly brave sweet boy, one of my son’s very first friends as a baby. On 12/5/13 it will be eight years since he passed away from a rare and vicious kind of leukemia. He was eight.  … his mom, one of the toughest, bravest, kindest and most graceful and gracious women I have ever know. She gives me hope everyday.” -Holly


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No. 453

November 11th, 2013 — 11:11pm

Mandu – Korean Restaurant in Dupont Circle


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November 11th, 2013 — 11:11am

This project is a way for me to honor my mom by leaving an impression of hope with each paper crane that I make. I haven’t made as many cranes as I’ve wanted to in the past 3 years but with each anniversary I am reminded that the number of cranes is not what is important, it’s the stories that they tell.

Here is a reminder to my story and how this project began on 11/11/10.

My mom (age 26) in Korea

I was only 22 and nearly 3,000 miles away, when I found out my mom had terminal cancer. I had two more months until college graduation. Going home to see her was not an option (for my mom). I was the first in the family on either side to graduate from college. So you can imagine how much my proud mother wanted nothing more than to see that happen, so I had to stay at school, work hard and finish school.

I never really had a close relationship with my mom and I took that for granted. Little did I know, I would only have six months with her after being away for four years. And no matter how overused the sentiment is, it’s true what they say, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Each day that passes I am reminded of that.

Cancer is ugly and mean and will try it’s hardest to take down anything in it’s path. And it it succeeds in lot’s of ways. It’s hard on any family and anyone to battle with such a monster. But despite the pain and everything terrible that cancer represents, my mom defied it. I will never forget how my mother never let anyone tell her there was no hope, that is what kept her soul alive and everyone around her together. Her caring nature was felt not only by family but by her many friends who live all over the world.

In just six months my experience caring for and just being there with my mom would teach me more about life, love, loss and hope, than in all of my 22 years of life combined.

My mom (age 50) in Federal Way, Washington

My younger sister, Sarah, who was there in the time that I wasn’t and had always been so close with our mom folded 1000 paper cranes to wish her good health. The folding of the paper cranes is inspired by the ancient Japanese legend and the Sadako story of 1000 cranes.

We had been folding paper cranes since we were little, it was a part of our lives living on a military base in Japan and Hawaii but they meant more to us now, than ever before. The cranes were than just a wish for good health, they bonded us in an experience that you would never wish upon anyone.

The symbol of paper crane and the sentiment of hope is something I wanted to always hold onto in respect for my mother. So one month after she passed, I got a tattoo of a crane  I drew along with the date 11/11. This wasn’t my first or last tattoo but you always forget that from that day on you will forever be asked:

“What is that?” and “What does that mean?”


I found myself quickly learning how to respond without bursting into tears. From day one, Mom always told me, “Don’t cry.” Mom’s never want to see their babies cry, especially for them. Sharing with people the hope that my mother shared with me, keeps me from crying in grief everyday.

Growing up, we lived a military life moving to different places, and each new place my mom left an impression on many hearts within her community.

Each paper crane that I make as a part of this project is another impression, story, journey or place for my mom to eternally experience, whether it’s from heaven or right here with us—living and singing with the birds.


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NO. 445 – 452

October 15th, 2013 — 11:11am

Minneapolis, Minnesota

These cranes were made from the paper of my first project in college. The project was for an installation where I chose to hand-draw images of a variety of human eyes (drawings by myself and partner Kyle Lamar).
And in Minneapolis, the image of an eye found it’s own importance for me at a design conference where I created a logo for Prince.

No. 445  7th Day Adventist Church in Prospect Park


No. 446  Witch’s Hat Tower


No. 447  Martin Olav Sabo Bridge (the way to cross over Hiawatha on a bike)


No. 448  Sculpture Garden (Walker Art Center)


No. 449 Kate Shannon’s Car (Thanks Kate for being a great host & letting us borrow your car to drive to Ames)


No. 450  Sea Salt (Minnehaha)


No. 451  Minnehaha Trails


No. 452  Minnehaha Waterfall


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NO. 443 & 444

March 3rd, 2013 — 11:11am


For Mike Styskal’s Dad, Jim Styskal.

On xmas eve Jim, suffered an accident, damaging his spinal cord, paralyzing him. We’ve put together a fundraiser to help his dad afford the massive costs they are facing, since he is self-employed as a custom car mechanic and painter. If you can even afford $1, or simply some good positive thoughts for recovery, it would make a world of difference.

Donate to Jim


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NO. 442

February 18th, 2013 — 11:11am


No. 442 Robert Walton – DC

In loving memory of his Mom.

“I didn’t get the 11:11 thing at first and didn’t pay attention initially. Then I got curious and looked, and thought it was a nice thing you were doing. And then I’d notice some more, and pretty soon I wasn’t noticing the occasional tweet so much as when it was actually eleven past eleven.  

And that made me think about how you lost your mom, and how I lost mine also a long time ago.”

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NO. 440 & 441

January 1st, 2013 — 11:11am

No. 440 Andrew Timmons (NYC)
No. 441 Li Pallas (DC)

Now & Later candy wrapper cranes given to two friends that I  met separately on 7/4/12 .
Made in DC  the cranes were reunited on a trip that Li made to NYC (where Andy lives now).



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NO. 439

November 24th, 2012 — 11:11am

Cd Cellar – Arlington, VA



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FOUND No. 328

November 23rd, 2012 — 11:11am

“My wife and I found your crane under the rose statue in Washington DC at 4.45pm on 11th November.  We were not initially sure what it was. The light was fading and only the yellow rose was really noticeable.  After reading the card we took the crane and have given it to our granddaughter, Leilani Eseta Pinkstone-Timms, who was born in Milwaukee on 28th August this year.  We hope that she will have a long and fruitful life.  Certainly she brings pleasure to everyone at present.”

-Kim & Mike Timms, Brisbane Australia


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No. 424 – 436

November 22nd, 2012 — 11:11am

11 cranes on my trip to Tulum, Mexico

No. 424 Casa Jaguar

No. 425 Tulum Mayan Ruins

No. 426 Coba Mayan Ruins

No. 427 Walking along the beach

No. 428 Coqui Coqui

No. 429 El Tabano!

No. 430 An altar along the main beach road that appeared on Sunday night.

No. 431 Hartwood

No. 434 Ahau Tulum – Lounge/Restaurant

No. 435 Ahau Tulum – On the Beach

No. 436 Ahau Tulum – Bali Hut

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Found No. 373

November 12th, 2012 — 11:11am

Found by Roxanne Hartman outside of Smithsonian Museum of American History.

273 found

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November 11th, 2012 — 11:11am

Today was unplanned and I am thankful for the spontaneous adventure that unfolded for the second anniversary of this Eleven/Eleven project. My dear friend’s, An & Dickie surprised me with 11 balloons and the 11 cranes I had given to them one year ago (No. 355 – 365).

I took the cranes and balloons on a bike ride from my house to their house, releasing them on the ride. After sending off the birds and balloons, I found a home for some “lost cranes” from the past 2 years while revisiting the sites of past 11/11 anniversaries.

Today I was reminded how much this project has grown and transformed in ways that are beyond my own control. And even though I haven’t made as many cranes as I once did, this project will continue to serve it’s purpose as a way to share the memory of my mother.


No. 310 (Lost Crane)

No. 326 (“Lost Crane”)

No. 327 (“Lost Crane”)

No. 328  (“Lost Crane”)

No. 329 (“Lost Crane”)

No. 330 (“Lost Crane”)

No. 312  (“Lost Crane”)

No. 314  (“Lost Crane”)

No. 319  (“Lost Crane”)

Thank you to Paul for being the photographer during the bike trip and accompanying me on this rather spontaneous trip.


NO. 423

January 23rd, 2012 — 11:11am

Nassau, Bahamas

*Made from a map of the island.



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NO. 422

December 28th, 2011 — 11:11am

Ana Maria – Washington DC


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NO. 410 – 421

December 27th, 2011 — 8:20pm

More cranes travelling with good friend, Gregory Campbell. This time from Colorado to Florida and onto Peru.

No. 410  Downton Denver, CO410

No. 411  The mountains in Colorado


No. 414  City Hall in Miami


No. 415  Kennedy Park, Miami 415

No. 416  South Beach, Miami


No. 417


No. 418


No.420 Parque del Amor, Miraflores, Peru


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NO. 399 – 409

November 11th, 2011 — 9:35pm

No. 399 – 409  Eleven Cranes at the Korean War Memorial on Veteran’s Day.











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NO. 388-398

November 11th, 2011 — 9:35pm

I sent my sister (Sarah), who has an integral part in inspiring this Eleven/Eleven project, eleven cranes to place on this day with me. She is now living in Rhode Island and even though we couldn’t be together on this day of 11/11/11, we were at least able to share in the experience of placing paper cranes for our mother.

No. 388 Fall River Heritage Park , MA

No. 389 John T. Medeiros Memorial in Fall River Heritage Park, MA

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November 11th, 2011 — 4:31pm

“Just wanted to let you know that on 11/11/11, I found crane 381/1000 on the sidewalk outside the museum where I work (in Islamorada, Florida). It had been a pretty bad day, and I couldn’t believe my luck in finding the beautiful crane. As random as it was to come across it, at the same time it made perfect sense.” -Erin, Islamorada, FL

381 Found

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NO. 377 – 387

November 11th, 2011 — 4:30pm

Soung Wiser, my cousin who has been with me through the past 2 years of 11/11’s was venturing to Florida for a friend’s wedding that would take place on the lucky day 11/11/11. I made her Eleven cranes to take along for the trip…

Islamorada, FL 11/11/11
“David and I started the day by walking about 5 miles up and down Overseas Hwy/US-1 and ended the day at a wedding. Pretty interesting the things you notice when looking for places to place cranes. 11 people I wanted to give a shout out to in celebration of the day…”
1. Daniel Reinhard
2. Katrina Helwig
3. Claire Rudholm
4. Joe Hernandez
5. Don Bachelier
6. Christine Cushman Novara
7. Vincent Macdonnell (for Kate)
8. Basil (for David)
9. John Brady (for Joanna),
10. Alice Hooper (for Ben)
11. Myong Porter



No. 379










No. 386



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NO. 376

November 11th, 2011 — 2:04pm


The power of 3

No. 376 Tyler Orton – Vienna, VA

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NO. 375

November 11th, 2011 — 2:03pm


No. 375 Laura Hardy – Mount Union, PA

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NO. 372

November 11th, 2011 — 2:02pm




No. 372 Hannah Hudson – Takoma Park, MD

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NO. 371

November 11th, 2011 — 12:12pm


Paper Crane made for Celyn – Tacoma, WA

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NO. 368 – 370

November 11th, 2011 — 12:10pm

No. 368 – 370 Aunt Brenda Desper – Cumberland, RI

One for my Aunt and 2 to be sent to Maine.


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