11/11/15

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 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.

Here is the original post & more detailed story about this project >>

This glass case holds some of her trinkets along with crane gifts from my dear friends. It unofficially is a little shrine to mom with offerings from some of my travels where I’ve also left paper cranes in trade.

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No. 480-483

December 25th, 2014 — 3:32pm

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

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11/11/14

November 11th, 2014 — 1:31am

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 — 11:22am

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 — 11:08am

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.

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No. 475

September 13th, 2014 — 6:05pm

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Birthday crane made for Margie.

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No. 474

June 2nd, 2014 — 1:50pm

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Red Rocks - Denver, CO

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No. 473

May 30th, 2014 — 1:55pm

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

 

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No. 472

March 27th, 2014 — 1:00pm

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The Netherlands (via Leonie B.)

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No. 461-470

February 2nd, 2014 — 12:02pm

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

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

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No. 460

January 21st, 2014 — 11:58am

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Exuma International Airport – Bahamas

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No. 459

January 11th, 2014 — 11:46am

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Paper Crane for Holly C.

 

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No.458

January 11th, 2014 — 11:44am

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Paper Crane for Omar Q.

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NO. 455

December 1st, 2013 — 11:48am

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

 

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NO. 456 & 457

November 25th, 2013 — 11:50am

Nestled Pines Chalet
Berkley Springs, West Virgina

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NO. 454

November 14th, 2013 — 4:02pm

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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 12th, 2013 — 9:54am

Mandu – Korean Restaurant in Dupont Circle

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11/11/13

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.

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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.

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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?”

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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 — 3:54am

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

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No. 446  Witch’s Hat Tower

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

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No. 448  Sculpture Garden (Walker Art Center)

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

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No. 450  Sea Salt (Minnehaha)

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No. 451  Minnehaha Trails

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No. 452  Minnehaha Waterfall

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NO. 443 & 444

March 3rd, 2013 — 1:31am

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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 — 3:51am

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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 — 12:55am

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 — 11:23pm

Cd Cellar – Arlington, VA

 

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FOUND No. 328

November 23rd, 2012 — 6:47pm

“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 — 11:57pm

11 cranes on my trip to Tulum, Mexico

No. 424 Casa Jaguar
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No. 425 Tulum Mayan Ruins
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No. 426 Coba Mayan Ruins
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No. 427 Walking along the beach
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No. 428 Coqui Coqui
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No. 429 El Tabano!
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No. 430 An altar along the main beach road that appeared on Sunday night.
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No. 431 Hartwood
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No. 434 Ahau Tulum – Lounge/Restaurant
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No. 435 Ahau Tulum – On the Beach
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No. 436 Ahau Tulum – Bali Hut
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Found No. 373

November 12th, 2012 — 12:31am

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

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11/11/12

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.

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NO. 423

January 23rd, 2012 — 11:24pm

Nassau, Bahamas

*Made from a map of the island.

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NO. 422

December 28th, 2011 — 12:51am

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 to Colorado and Florida.

No. 410  Downton Denver, CO410

No. 411  The mountains in Colorado

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No. 414  City Hall in Miami

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No. 415  Kennedy Park, Miami 415

No. 416  South Beach, Miami

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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
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No. 389 John T. Medeiros Memorial in Fall River Heritage Park, MA
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FOUND NO. 381

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

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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

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NO. 376

November 11th, 2011 — 2:04pm

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The power of 3

No. 376 Tyler Orton – Vienna, VA

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NO. 375

November 11th, 2011 — 2:03pm

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No. 375 Laura Hardy – Mount Union, PA

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NO. 372

November 11th, 2011 — 2:02pm

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No. 372 Hannah Hudson – Takoma Park, MD

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NO. 371

November 11th, 2011 — 12:12pm

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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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NO. 367

November 11th, 2011 — 12:09pm

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Lizzie Sampson – Washington, DC

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NO. 366

November 11th, 2011 — 12:08pm

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Silas Godfrey – Greenville, SC

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NO. 355 – 365

November 11th, 2011 — 12:07pm

No. 335 – 365 An Ly + Dickie Halverson

An & Dickie are good friends of mine who are contributing to the 11/11/11 anniversary with eleven cranes. Dickie and I both have lost our mom’s to cancer at such a young age. This is to  celebrate their beautiful lives as they will never be forgotten.

For Maura Halverson (12/18/49 – 02/06/12)
& Myong Porter (02/05/59 – 11/11/09)

Cranes flew on 11/11/12

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NO. 347 – 354

November 11th, 2011 — 12:06pm

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Eleven cranes taken on a trip to Colorado by Kimberly Dorn.

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NO. 336 – 346

November 11th, 2011 — 12:05pm

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Caitlin Martin – Cumberland, RI

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NO. 331 – 334

November 11th, 2011 — 12:03pm

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Cranes sent to Mimi and her friends who she admires for their strength in times of loss and pain.

No. 331 – 334  Mimi Minnick – Annandale, VA

“Hope unites us … cranes, with sandy and her machine, with steve and his valor, and with their lost boy nick.”


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NO. 323 – 325

November 11th, 2011 — 12:02pm

3 more cranes placed by Greg Cambell on his travels.

No. 323 Union Square – San Francisco, CA
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No. 324 At Halu, a Japanese noodle restaurant in San Fran’s Inner Richmond district
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No. 325  Oakland, CA
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NO. 322

November 11th, 2011 — 12:01pm

Metro Station – Dupont Circle, DC

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NO. 311 – 321

November 11th, 2011 — 12:00pm

Jennifer Snyder had requested a few cranes to take with her on a trip home to South Dakota. With it being the week of Eleven/Eleven, I decided to give her Eleven cranes for her journey. Along with her husband, Michael Pahn, they left the cranes in some wonderful places along with passing them onto some friends.

No. 311 National Music Museum – Vermillion, SD
“Left in the purple mums at the base of Immigrant Violinist sculpture which greets visitors in front of the museum.”
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No. 313 Queen City Bakery – Sioux Falls, SD
“As we
 were checking out I noticed there were 3 paper cranes on the register. I asked the cashier if I could leave an eleveneleven crane wither her brood and she was super enthusiastic — turns out she LOVES origami and was super into your project. She puffed out the yellow cranes body so it’d sit right with the others. The other cranes were made by local artist Reina Okawa for the bakery.”
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No. 316 “Varietate Concordia” – Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD
Crane No. 316 is another testament to how this project continues to amaze me…

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316 Crane Sculptures

No.315 & 317 Robin
“Jennifer Snyder gave me cranes 315 and 317 to take with me on my Thanksgiving trip home to Louisiana/Texas.”
Crane #315 (with goose) is located in Waksom, TX.
Crane #317 (on bird feeder) is located in Shreveport, LA.

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No.318 Michael Pahn – Suitland, MD on the grounds of the Smithonian’s Museum Support Center
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No.320 Bettina – Silver Spring, MD
“I work with Jennifer Snyder who told me about your project and gave me one of your cranes. I put it in a pretty tree near my apartment in Silver Spring. I think this is a beautiful thing you are doing and I look forward to watching it grow.”
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No.321 Gaithersburg, MD
“Crane 321 will live on my tiny silver tinsel tree this year as a reminder of those happy Christmases of my youth. It will also be there in remembrance of those family and friends who’ve passed on. But maybe, most importantly, it will be there as a symbol of hope in the coming year for everyone that enters our home.” -Jennifer
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11/11/11

November 11th, 2011 — 11:11am

Eleven

One year ago, I started this project not knowing what would come of it. It started as a simple goal to make 1000 cranes that were placed in different places or given to different people by today, 11/11/11. Well, today is the day and I have only made 409 cranes.

However, in the past year this project has evolved into something bigger than that. Each crane I place or give to someone takes on a different and individual path. Each with its own story. The connections I have made with friends, family, and strangers now define this project. It has inspired me to continue making the paper cranes for many more 11/11’s to come.

Here are eleven reasons and eleven cranes I would like to highlight from the past year that embody what this Eleven/Eleven project has evolved into over the past year.

1. Hope for those living strong.

No. 031 Erin McCue – New York, NY 
Erin found me through a friend of mine, Toni Wasylsk. I have never met her, but she was one of the first to share her own experiences with cancer in her family.
“My mother is in remission from thyroid cancer, my grandmother is in remission from breast cancer, and my grandfather from prostate cancer. I love your message of hope and will definitely pass this along.”

2. Hope that can teach and inspire.

No. 048 David Stuckey – Washington, DC
“It has always been my ‘hope’ to live off my writings the way I wanted to without compromise. And through my writings my ‘hope’ has always been to take people to places they have never been and let them meet people they have never interacted with and teach them things through prose.”

3. Hope that is there when we need it the most.

No. 057 Helen Hartman – Reading, PA
“My mom couldn’t decide where to photograph her crane – she had it in flowers and trees and all over, and for the time it was living on a shelf in our kitchen. So after Grandpop passed, I had to walk over to my house to get something. I saw the crane and put it in my pocket, figured I could take some hope back with me. When I went to put my coat down on my grandmom’s bed, I saw the picture of them and knew that this is where the crane should live. Grandmom knew all about eleven/eleven from my mom sharing it and now she has a little extra hope with her.” – Lesley Hartman, 12/26/2010

4. Hope that creates new connections with new people.

No. 061 Butter (Brian Thomas) – Brooklyn, NY
Butter is the creator and the brains behind The Mixtape Club: an organization dedicated to the art of the mixtape, ten people, ten tracks, ten album covers. In December he asked me to be a part of one of the sessions and soon after I participated in his project, I sent him a crane to be a part of Eleven/Eleven. His mother passed away only a few months before mine and this crane lives in loving memory.

5. Hope that is humble.

No. 063 Alyson Rhodes – Pittsburgh, PA (through Allison)
Alyson found me through my friend, Allison Berger. Allison has shared my project with many people who have reached out to me for a paper crane and it is through that network that I am lucky to make such connections as this one.
“I could have lost my mother to cancer when I was an early teenager, and I’m eternally grateful it was caught in time & it never came to that…My crane is living at my desk on the 38th floor of the US Steel Tower in Pittsburgh. Here it is enjoying the lovely view.”

6. Hope that lets us share our stories.

No. 066 Mike Hromchak – Silver Spring, MD (also through Allison Berger)
Mike was my first email request, and him being so close in Silver Spring, I asked him if he would prefer we meet in person. I am thankful to have met Mike and have him share his story about his Grandmother. It just shows how much this personal project is not just about my quest for hope but sharing that with people and allowing the project to grow beyond any of my expectations.
“Your story resonates with me on a personal level; my grandmother has about 4-6 months to live, optimistically. She was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma in August and since then it’s been this…weird waiting game. I’m not sure how to feel about the whole thing (other than bummed), but I feel like what you said about hope is important to remember when you’re faced with a situation that seems utterly hopeless. I’d like to think the crane will be a little reminder to keep my chin up, even when skies aren’t clear and blue. I think the way in which you’ve chosen to honor your mother is very sweet, and I wish you all the best luck as you set out to complete this project!”

7. Hope as a reminder.

No. 068 Rich Coleman – Henderson, NV
“I just checked out this 11/11 project you’re doing for your mom and I think it’s a fantastic tribute. My mom died of cancer when I was 8 and over time I realized how important it is to have something to remind me of her, whether it’s a picture of her, her journals she left me or records of her favorite bands. I’d love to get a crane and help out in any way possible.”

8. Hope for the children.

No. 069 Molly McInnis – Harrisburg, PA
“I work as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Hershey Medical Center. It’s not generally as depressing as it sounds – manyof the babies just decided to come out a too early and need to mature under watchful eyes. However, other cases are much more serious and despite everything we can do for them, they still don’t make it. Your project touched me so much because of the relationship between and a mother and her child…”

9. Hope that guides our sadness to happiness in the form of a smile.

No. 098 Lainey Lee – Winston Salem, NC
“I understand how hard it is to think of being hopeful in the face of a great loss in your life. My father passed away when I was 10 in an airplane crash. When I think about him I can’t help to be sad at the thought of him not being around anymore, but I know he would never want me to be sad for him but to remember him with a smile. He had always said that he wanted to come back in his next life as a bird, so every time I see one of your cranes I think of him and smile.”

10. Hope that stands the test of time.

No. 123 Donald Norwood – Lanier Heights, Washington DC
“I gave beautiful, red, crane #123 to my Dad on Valentines Day. He died of cancer on Dec 1 1988. I was 26 years old. Even after so much time I think of him just about every day. It took a while, but now instead of his illness and death, I mostly remember him as the healthy, talented and fun loving guy that I loved. I hope the same for you.”

11. Hope for our friends.

No. 278 For a good friend of a friend – Lemoyne, PA
“A good friend of mine just lost her mother to cancer two weeks ago. It was really sudden and it was also the week of her 21st birthday…I’m sending her a letter even though i have no idea where to begin… i was hoping i could put a crane in the envelope…”

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NO. 308

November 9th, 2011 — 12:03am

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No. 308 Sean McCormick – Edina, MN

Sean is a photographer that I met doing work with The General Design Company. I recently came across his tumblr after a twitter reply to find out he was diagnosed with cancer last month. I admired his candor about the start of his process and immediately contacted him to send a paper crane of Hope.

Read more from his blog below:

Diagnosis and Treatment, No. 1 >>  

“On October 1st, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  On October 11th, I started chemotherapy.  My world went from busy to surreal, from surreal to very real. It’s a fairly rare form of the disease and the numbers are average, but math was never my strong subject.  So piss on the numbers.  I’ve decided to try and do what I do best, or at least fairly well.  Photograph the treatment process.  Not every post will have the look of these, they simply reflect what I felt at the time, uncertainly, boredom, and a certain amount of fear.  This is not a private thing or else why would I be posting it here? Cancer casts a wide net, and I have found this to be extremely helpful.  I have the most magnificent family and friends a man can ask for.  Thanks.” – Sean

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