Onogawa began creating paper cranes after witnessing the devastating effects of the
“Making a place for origami cranes to exist is part of my creation,” Onogawa tells My Modern Met. “I understand the past history of origami cranes in my own way and bring it into this present era by creating artworks. I believe that each person familiar with cranes has their own history with them. How each person feels about them and holds these cranes in their mind is unique, but it is my hope that my works allow for new dialogue. Through that dialogue, it is my hope that there is something—whatever it is—that stirs the heart of the viewer.”
Several of Naoki Onogawa’s pieces are currently on display through May 5 at the
Japanese artist Naoki Onogawa crafts hundreds of tiny origami cranes using nothing more than his hands.
He then uses them as the leaves perched on the delicate branches of his tree-like sculptures.
Through his creation, he is making a space for these cranes to exist.
Each individual crane he folds is small enough to fit on the tip of his finger.