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One Thousand Birds

One Thousand Birds Installation by Kathy Hinde and Matthew Fairclough. One Thousand Birds will be shown at the Royal Opera House at the Deloitte Ignite Festival curated by Joanna MacGregor, 3rd - 5th September 2010.

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PARTICIPATE!! - Please join in with the creation of this work and fold a bird by following the instructions on the video above, or download the pdf instructions here. Make as many as you like and send them to:

1000 Birds Deloitte Ignite,  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD.

The end of this video shows how the installation will look when it's finished. If you would like a DVD of the instructions, please request an information pack from the contact page of this site. Make a wish when you send your bird(s) as 1000 origami birds means good luck, and a wish for Peace.

The Installation:

Video images of origami birds being folded, strung together and hung in trees are projected onto one side of a hanging of 1000 paper birds. Images of the same paper birds floating down a river, through reflections of trees are projected onto the other side of the paper mass. There is a gap in between the two projections, just wide enough for a person to walk through. Using the paper birds as a projection surface causes the imagery to distort and fragment, spilling onto the walls. It is only at certain viewpoints that the images can be read.
The space is filled with a surround sound composition by Matthew Fairclough created from recordings of larks. The song of the lark is said to have been the only sound heard on the French battle fields at the end of the First World War.

The story of Sadako Sasaki inspired the creation of One Thousand Birds:

At the age of 12, Sadako Sasaki developed leukaemia as a result of radiation from the bombing of Hiroshima. She remembered the Japanese legend that anyone folding a thousand paper cranes is granted a wish. She attempted to fold 1000, but only managed 644 before she died - her friends finished the rest for her so she could be buried with 1000 birds. A statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was built at the Hiroshima Peace Park in memory of her. Every year on peace day, people from all over the world fold paper cranes and send them to Sadako's statue.

One Thousand Birds was exhibited at the VM Art Gallery in Karachi, Pakistan in 2004. All the birds for the exhibition were made by local children, some of them have wishes for peace written on them. The Exhibition at the VM Gallery was made possible through support from the Rangoonwala Foundation and the British Council Karachi, with special thanks to Riffat Alvi at the VM Gallery and Abdullah Syed.

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1000 Birds Installation, V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
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1000 Birds Installation, V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
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1000 Birds Installation, V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
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1000 Birds Installation, V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
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1000 Birds Installation, V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
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1000 Birds Installation, V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
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1000 Birds Installation, V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
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Video still from 1000 birds installation
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Video still from 1000 birds installation