Sunday, July 4, 2010

Iron Horse Concert benefitting ALS

Inspired by Allison Druerys' origami cranes and in her dedication and commitment to finding a cure for ALS,

I present...
"Folding For A Cure"
watercolor and gouache on Winsor Newton paper 9x12
Participating in a silent Auction at the Iron Horse Concert
Sponsored by

Cranes 4 a Cure

Saturday July 10 2010

Mount Albert Lion's Hall 
RR#1 5057 Mount Albert Road

Doors open at 7pm
Presenting Broomfiller and Bianca Rollo

The picture above illustrates a visual contemplation of the wishes of humankind with an attempt to elevate consciousness towards the manifestation of peace on earth.
Japanese legend from the 11th century at Kakamura, describes a feudal leader celebrating a Buddhist festival in which birds and animals were set free, by releasing hundreds of cranes as thanksgiving after a successful battle.  Each crane had a prayer strip attached on its leg to pray for those killed in battle, therefore associating the crane with the celebration of peace and prayers for those lost in war.
According to Japanese folklore the indigenous red hooded crane has a reputation for long life (at least a thousand years) and prosperity, thus becoming a symbol of good health.  Origami paper cranes became a popular gift for those who were ill.
"Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes" written by Edna Ritzenberg describes the poignant story of two-year old girl who survived the horrific atom bomb at Hiroshima, only to succumb to leukemia 11 years later.  During her final months in hospital her friend gave her a golden paper crane there by stimulating her to fold a thousand paper cranes as it was told that her wish of being healed would come true. At Hiroshima today there is a memorial and a statue of Sadako in dedication of her courage and stands as a reminder of the devastation results of war.

In her hands sits a golden paper crane.

With humble thanks.


  1. What a beautiful and inspiring piece of work. I hope that whoever bids and eventually has the priviledge of owning this piece of art realizes how much thought and effort has gone into this painting - this picture extends beyond the context of the canvas and really tells a story; an emotional one at that. You've captured the paper cranes story beautifully and have given us information on why you dabbled with this subject matter - I've seen the book that you refer to through my studies, used as contemporary realistic fiction when teaching children about Hiroshima and dealing with disease and hardship.

    Congratulations on creating a piece of art that is breathtaking and emotionally charged. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeves for the near future.

    xx. Love.

  2. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. It feels great to do something joyful and to help those afflicted with ALS and hopefully in the future eradicating this disease.