058 "A Thousand Cranes for Peace"
Top Panel -16"
x 20" / Oil on Canvas Detail
Middle Panel -16"
x 50" / Oil on Canvas Detail
Bottom Panel -30"
x 8" / Oil on Canvas Detail
by John WorldPeace
A THOUSAND CRANES FOR PEACE
A partial interpretation from the artist's
This painting is made
up of three canvases. The top canvas is a 16" x
20" oval. The middle canvas is a 16" x 50"
rectangle. The bottom canvas is a 30" x 8"
The bottom canvas has a black background, which represents
the core of the Infinite Potential from which all things
manifest. There is a yin-yang symbol, which symbolizes
the ever changing churning of the universe. The paper
cranes arise out of this void (God, Infinite Potential).
The middle canvas has grey bars in the background, which
are the ashes of war. The straight lines symbolize the
buildings of human society, which are in contrast to
the curving lines of nature. The structures of man are
destroyed in war. From the ashes arise the one thousand
cranes (or one thousand phoenixes).
The top canvas has a white background with paper cranes
forming an eternal circle. This represents the aspirations
of human society to attain WorldPeace. There is a golden
spiral, which is a sacred symbol for the ever expanding
and contracting underlying nature of this reality.
October 20, 2002
wrote of her cranes:
I will write Peace on your wings
and you will fly all over the
Cranes for Peace
When Hiroshima was bombed on August 6th, 1945,
the Sasaki family was spared. Or so it seemed. Sadako
Sasaki was only two at the time. Until the age of twelve,
she grew strong and healthy and was the fastest runner
on her school’s relay team.
One day at school Sadako
felt strange and dizzy, a feeling that she kept hidden.
A few weeks later, while running, everything seemed
to whirl about her and she sank to the ground. Sadako
had leukemia, "the atom bomb disease".
While she was in the hospital, her closest friend reminded
her of an old Japanese legend. If she folded a thousand
paper cranes, the gods might grant her wish to be well
again. With courage and faith, Sadako began folding.
Though she was only able to fold 644 cranes before she
died, Sadako had a profound impact on her friends and
classmates. They completed her thousand cranes and raised
money from school children all over Japan to build a
statue honoring Sadako and all the children affected
by the bomb.
Today, in Hiroshima's
Peace Park, there is a statue of Sadako standing on
top of a granite pedestal holding a golden crane in
her outstretched arms. At its base a plaque reads:
This is our cry.
This is our prayer.
Peace in the world.
Every year, children
from around the world fold cranes and send them to Hiroshima
where they are placed around the statue. Because of
Sadako, the paper crane has become an international
symbol of peace.
Thousand Cranes for Peace Network