Imagine, if you will, you are in the middle of the desert at Burning Man 2012...
You're riding your green 'yellow' bicycle out across the open playa, on your way to an art piece maybe, or perhaps to the temple. Maybe it's your first year at Burning Man and the sights and sounds of it all have left your mind reeling in a mid-week, dazed euphoria. Your legs feel heavy from dancing the night before, and you stop your bike to catch your breath. Then, revealed out of a passing dust storm ahead: A gigantic origami peace crane, looking as though some kind of god folded it neatly and placed it daintily upon the desert. You ride your bike towards the seeming mirage, and see people milling around it, sitting in the shaded spaces under it's wings. You park your bike and move towards the bird, noting an opening at it's front. You duck down, and enter, finding more people seated inside the crane, in a circle, lounging on pillows like inhabitants of some oasis. The crane occupants are talking about their favorite moments from the Burn thus far. They're all strangers, relating, in the foreign environment, and you sit and join the conversation. As you communicate, a soft sound reaches you, of birds calling to each other, communicating their own experiences. If it happens to be at night that you happened upon the crane, you notice the inner iridescence of the bird, cycling through a series of color changes, that seem to alter in speed depending on the volume of the conversation inside.
Some people leave the origami oasis, some new people enter, and in time you too shall step out, and continue your adventures; calmed now by the momentary pause, invigorated by the rich sharing of experiences, and inspired by the creation of new friends.
This is my vision for Peace Crane Space. A creative installation meant to encapsulate serenity in a wild environment and encourage communication between participants in subtle ways.
Physically, the project is a combination of a scaffold armature of an origami crane wrapped in ripstop nylon to give the appearance of folded paper. The scaffolding is made of galvanized pipe, attached at the associated joints by galvanized pipe jointing. The nylon, having been sewn together, is attached to the frame by varying means, including zip-ties through spaced grommets. Inside the nylon, long strands of solar L.E.D.'s illuminate the bird from the inside out at night, cycling through colors, causing the bird to fade through a spectrum of hues at varying speeds dependent on the volume within the crane itself. Loud conversation causes the bird to shimmer, looking as though it is filled with a thousand fireflies. Soft conversation will cause the bird to slowly throb through a series of color changes. Combine this with the audio element of bird calls, quiet and subtle through the roof. By day, the sounds filled with day-birds… sparrows, robins, blue-jays. By night, low hoots of the whippoorwill, the owl, the hermit thrush. The doorway to the inside of the bird will be made of layered strips of fabric, providing a tactile fabric sensation as one enters through them.
After Burning Man 2012, I hope to exhibit the crane at other festivals and events, including the Nuit Blanche festival in New York City.