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Paper Cranes for Sadako

Paper Cranes for Sadako

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing near the epicenter of the first atomic bomb which exploded on 6 August 1945. It has deliberately never been restored and remains in the same condition it was in right after the explosion.

Following a visit to the memorial in 2019, Year 9 student, Zima-Jade Henderson decided to create a mobile to represent a rainbow of coloured paper cranes flying beneath a white cloud. Zima-Jade dedicated her art piece to Sadako Sasaki who was severely irradiated by the explosion as a 2-year-old. Sadako died from leukemia at the age of 12, while aiming to make a thousand paper cranes – a Japanese tradition for granting a wish. Her wish was for recovery. 

Zima-Jade submitted her art piece to the 2020 Perth Royal Show and was awarded first prize in Juniors Craft 17 & Under Class 210 (Made from any other articles). She was also awarded Best Exhibit in Juniors Craft – 17 & Under section.

The cranes were made from origami paper just 1.5cm by 1.5cm. It took Zima-Jade seven months to make 644 cranes for the exhibit. This was the same amount that Sadako Sasaki was able to make before she passed away.

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