917 U St NW, Washington DC
Paper cranes placed in the National Gallery’s Sculpture and Butterfly Habitat Gardens in honor of my mother’s birthday on February 5, 2011.
“Please send me and my girlfriend a crane, we would love to give them homes. We are roommates at Jacksonville State University in Northeast Alabama. I am a freshman and she is a sophomore. I am making her 1000 cranes for valentines day and i was browsing through the pictures of paper cranes on google when i came across your blog. I think what you are doing is really cool. I would like to help your cause by giving two of your cranes a home here.” -Marcy Hester, Jacksonville, AL
Taken at Rachel’s work desk in Olympia, WA along with a sign that reads “‘For I know the plans I have you,'” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:1.
No. 155 Rachel & Rex – Fife, WA
“I never got the chance to get to know your mother, but I can tell from the way that you & Sarah are turning out that she must have been a very, very special person. What a beautiful idea to honor her this way.”
No. 154 Julie Porter – Warwick, RI
No. 153 Kristin Sommese – Port Matilda, PA
*Photo by Ryan Ulsh
“This is absolutely one of the most beautiful ideas of hope I’ve ever seen and I am honored that your sharing it and giving me the opportunity to be a part of it.”
No. 152 Andrew Castillo – Washington DC
waiting for pics
No. 151 Andy McMillan – Fort Mill, SC
No. 150 Marshall Bower – State College, PA (made and given in Brooklyn, NY)
Cranes in Brooklyn made from the Park Slope Reader.
No. 145 Ozzie’s Coffee & Tea (249 5th Avenue)
No. 146 Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (372 5th Ave)
No. 147 Brooklyn Industries (7th Ave & 9th St)
No. 148 G stop platform (4th Ave & 9th St)
No. 149 Papacitos Brooklyn (999 Manhattan Ave)
20 colorful cranes on their way to New York to give some hope to a few kids in the Bronx and others elsewhere in need of a little hope…
“I would love to help you out with your project! I also think that your project could help some of the people that I know. I am a mentor to some students in the Bronx and I think that these Hope Cranes would be very meaningful to them if they could ‘live’ with them.” -Emily Owens, New York City
Replacing a long lost blue crane in the mail (No.015)
No. 124 Jillian Haney – Brooklyn, NY
“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.”
No. 123 Donald Norwood – Lanier Heights, Washington DC
This is a crane my sister, Sarah, made for me sitting on my bookshelf in DC.
Picture Love is a blog about connecting humanity and sharing that through the love of pictures and they recently made a post about Eleven/Eleven. I wanted to share what they wrote because it speaks to what Eleven/Eleven is about and is able to add to the meaning of the project in a way that amazes me every time. This is exactly what Eleven/Eleven is about. Thank you for your kind words and your support.
“Eleven/Eleven is a project being done by a young woman who lost her mother to cancer. Her goal is to fold 1000 paper cranes, as a message of hope. Paper Cranes are a symbol of good health according to Ancient Japanese Legend, so when her mother was sick, her sister folded 1000 cranes. The cranes became symbolic of not just good health, but of the love and hope they provided. They also served as a bonding experience for the sisters and their mother.
Now, her goal is to personally fold 1000 paper cranes as a response to requests for hope. It’s like an answer to your prayers taking form as a paper crane. She will send you the crane and as a response you take a photograph of where the crane is living, and post it to her website. To me, this is a true act of love. It is an act which will connect people and thread humanity together while weaving the great web of hope. We all have hope and it exists in many different forms. Let us recognize that we are not so different. We share a lot more than we realize. I hope for the more beautiful world we all know is possible. I hope for humanity connected. I hope for the well being of my friends and family. I hope for a world that is cancer-free. I hope for many many things. What do you hope for? Place yourself on the thread of humanity by recognizing your own hopes, and then recognizing that the person sitting across from you on the subway might be hoping for the exact same thing. Separation is an illusion. If they are not hoping for the same, isn’t it enough to know that they are hoping for something?
Connect yourself to humanity, and to this cause. Let us spin that great web of hope together. In doing so, you will not only provide this young woman hope but she will provide you with a hope as well. A hope for whatever it is that you hope for. We are one human race, all existing in the same space. Share the hope, share the love.”
(Picture Love, January 23, 2011)
A day of wandering on and off the Metro in Washington DC…
No. 117 Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center Metro Station
No. 118 Outside Gallery Place Metro Station at the Portrait Gallery
No. 119 Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro Station
No. 120 On the metro to Columbia Heights
No. 121 A bike in Columbia Heights in front of Sticky Fingers
No. 122 Columbia Heights Metro Station
Eleven cranes at Lincoln Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Made from posters that I designed for Penn State’s 24th Commemoration of MLK Jr. in 2009.
Carrie is a Graphic Design student at Penn State and her paper crane was sent to her to bring hope to her at the design studio that I am all too familiar with (being a Penn State Graphic Design Alum). I am happy to see the jars of xacto blades that I started are still overflowing…
“So, I gave my crane a tour of the design space. She doesn’t have a name yet, but she seems to fit in well with the rest of the paper crafts we have in the studio. The jars of death are her most favorite thing.”
No. 104 Carrie Brickell – State College, PA
Located at Sticky Fingers in Columbia Heights of Washington DC.
“Thanks for making the beautiful crane. It is adding to my shrine now.”
No. 102 Jacob Suazo – Lakewood, WA
“Badass crane next to a beautiful box of Marlboros.”
No. 101 Jessie Bustin – Brooklyn, NY
Located at The General Design Co. in Dupont Circle of Washington DC
“I have him hanging with our Dragon who has watched over us for almost 20 years. Much love and respect.”
No. 099 Styk – Issaquah, WA
“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.”
No. 098 Lainey Lee – Winston Salem, NC
Nichaya lives in Bangkok, Thailand. However due to flooding in Thailand she had to stay in a hotel in Pataya. She also took the crane with her to Panoi on a business trip to Vietnam.
I am grateful to Michelle Chang (No. 032) for spreading the word to many of her friends that led to 8 separate requests, including Nichaya’s. It is through these connections that this project has grown so much to touch so many different people around the world.
The receiver of crane No. 032, Michelle Chang, spread the word to a bunch of her friends through an email and I received a flood of requests. I don’t personally know Michelle, and even without knowing her, the fact that she sent out an email on behalf of my project lets me know how much people connect with Eleven/Eleven. Here is a fleet of cranes going out to the friends of Michelle from California to New York and even all the way to Thailand. Thank you all for your support.
No. 089 Joan Carr – Woodland Hills, CA
“My husband died 9/12/10, so I truly understand your loss. Please send me a paper crane. What a beautiful tribute to your mom…I added your crane to my ‘trimmed’ Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.”
No. 090 Elaine Chao – New York, NY
“I work as a nurse practitioner at a school so I wanted to leave my crane in my office so the kids can see it. I have butcher paper posted on my wall for the kids to draw pictures on relating to their health, which I thought was a good place to put mine.”
No. 091 Annie Yang – San Francisco, CA
No. 092 Amy Frost – New York, NY
No. 093 Nichaya – Pataya, Thailand & Hanoi, Vietnam
This crane has traveled with Nichaya from Bangkok to Pataya in Thailand and even to Vietnam on a business trip.
“I took this picture at my hotel in Pataya, Thailand. I moved to Pataya for a short time because of flooding in Bangkok.”
“I kept it with me to Vietnam for my business trip. Hanoi is a place that I took this picture.”
No. 094 Carly Byrd – New York, NY
“Resides in Harlem, NY – picture from the window of my apartment”
No. 095 Angel Lee – New York, NY
From the 14th floor of the empire state building.
No. 096 Christine Yang – San Jose, CA
In front of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
No. 088 Maoz – 1100 block of Walnut Street in the Gayborhood of Philadelphia
Here are Eleven cranes placed around Philadelphia (+1 given to Zack) on a recent trip I made to celebrate 1/1/11. Another kind of Eleven/Eleven.
No. 076 Christmas Tree in Rittenhouse Square
No. 077 1700 Block of Addison
No. 078 Rodman Street
No. 079 Zack Hartman – Center City, Philadelphia
No. 080 Logan Square (note: Korean flag flying in the background)
No. 081 Pennypacker Statue (Benjamin Franklin Parkway)
No. 082 Philadelphia Art Museum
No. 083 Fairmount Damn
No. 084 Schuylkill River Overlook
No. 085 Love Park
No. 086 Liberty Bell Center
No. 087 30th Street Station
Made for our waiter out of the receipt paper from a New Year’s Day brunch at Marathon.
No. 075 Jake – Philadelphia, PA
“Thanks for the crane. Eleven/Eleven is such a beautiful project – it also really resonates with me on a personal level. My little guy is sitting on my dresser to remind me to be thankful for each and every day.”
No. 074 Megan Yanchitis – New York, NY
“Thanks so much for the crane–it now lives on my bookshelf along with some other items of inspiration I keep there (since being on my bookshelf guarantees I’ll look at them every day)”
No. 073 Stacy Zanca – Lake Hiawatha, NJ
A picture of Jen’s mother holding the crane I sent. Our mother’s were close friends when we lived in Idaho about 10 years ago, and their family was there for us whenever and if we needed them. Thank You, Jackson family, for your support. (I also included some additional images that Jen took. It was just to hard to choose one.)
No. 072 Jen Jackson – Mtn. Home, ID
These 2 cranes sent to Toni are in replacement of No. 026 & No. 027 which were lost in the black hole of the USPS. One is for her in New York and the second was to take home to Pennsylvania with her mom.
“70/1000 lives in The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel in NYC. The grandeur of the room instantly calms me and makes overwhelmingly grateful for my life here in the city. Whenever I’m feeling particularly down about anything I visit this room to remind myself of all the beautiful things around me. I can’t help but feel a bit jealous that 70/1000 gets to stay at The Plaza while I make my way back up to my little upper west side apartment, until next time…”
No. 070 Toni Wasylyk – Plaza Hotel, NYC
“Here’s crane 71. It traveled with me to Cochranville, Pennsylvania where it currently lives in the tack room of my family’s horse farm, Windswept Farm. I put it here to ‘oversee’ my mother and her daily students who are in and out of the barn. The photo is with my childhood horse, Digger. This old guy is a true saint and has always been there for me when I’m feeling low and just want to get out and away.”
No. 071 Toni Wasylyk – Cochranville, 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…”
No. 069 Molly McInnis – Harrisburg, PA
“These are all taken from my work in Henderson/Las Vegas, NV.
It sits at my desk and gets a lots of comments…mainly, ‘Hey, it’s a crane.'” – Rich
“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.”
No. 068 Rich Coleman – Henderson, NV
(replaced with crane no. 167)
Tyler Orton – Fairfax, VA
“…I brought the crane here because I know this is a place my grandmother would have loved. I was thinking…if she could truly imagine herself at peace and free of pain, she would imagine herself in a place like this…” – Mike
My mother would have loved this place too, as she loved flowers and plants more than anyone I knew. Our house was always filled with plants. So, I am thrilled that Mike chose this place to take pictures of the paper crane I made from one of his old music posters, which fits perfectly in the setting. Mike sent 11 pictures of his crane at the Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA. Here are just a few…
No. 066 Mike Hromchak – Silver Spring, MD
*crane pics located at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA
The first picture, and more to come all the way from Michigan.
No. 065 Charlie Carr – Midland, MI
Made from a program for the films showing at The National Gallery in DC and sent to Sarah in Royersford.
No. 064 Sarah Fleisher – Royersford, PA
“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.”
No. 063 Alyson Rhodes – Pittsburgh, PA
“In front of my house on Christmas Day.”
No. 062 Sunish – Nashua, NH
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.
No. 061 Butter (Brian Thomas) – Brooklyn, NY
McMurray Elementary Library near Pittsburgh
“Maddie told me about your paper crane project and we’d love to help you remember your mother in this way. My students do this activity for Peace Day every year in May…amazing to see all of those cranes. Best wishes on your project.”
No. 060 Meg Owens – Bethel Park, PA
Inside and outside the Metro Center Station.
And many hours after I placed number 59, one of my friends in DC found the crane and sent me a text pic.
A little hope sent for Grandpa Stauffer early in December, now lives in loving memory 12/25/2010.
“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
No. 057 Helen Hartman – Reading, PA
Paper cranes on their way to Maine. They are being delivered to family and friends by my Great Aunt Barbara.
No. 051 Barbara Sylvester – Hartford, ME
“I would be happy to place some cranes in your mother’s memory. I would make sure they got placed and put where they would be appreciated.”
No. 052 Nana Sylvester – Andover, ME
No. 053 Mike Sylvester
No. 054 Robert Sylvester
No. 055 Aunt Terry and Bob Bouchard
No. 056 CC Comeau
A crane in the BicyclesNYC bike shop. In the end the crane was gifted from me to Nick to their 69 year old mechanic.
No. 050 Nick Camacho – Brooklyn, NY
No. 049 Amanda Kloos – Rockville, MD
“Your project made me realize that maybe for now, all I need is one little thing: hope. This project is truly inspiring, and quite an honorable way to carry on the memory of your mother and her everlasting message of hope and love. I’m so happy that you are sharing it with the world, and I’m sure your mom is too.”
Thank You for sharing your story, Amanda. It is so nice to see and hear so many different stories or reasons why each one of us could always use a little hope. And as I do hope this project inspires and connects other people, I can’t help but be inspired myself by each person that puts in a request, every one of them is so unique in their own right and is more than what I expected out of this project already.
Made from the first page of his novel.
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.”