This Guy Made An Origami Crane Every Day Of The Year, The Reason Why Made Me Think.
Artist Cristian Marianciuc, 26, began a year-long paper crane journal on Instagram under the moniker @icarus.mid.air. Some of his cranes have taken hours to craft while others were complete in under thirty minutes. His work is inspiring thousands of people worldwide.
In an exclusive interview, Marianciuc shared his inspiration:
I decided to start a daily project, first of all for myself. To be able to look back at each crane and be able to remember a particular day, something interesting that happened or how I felt, what I listened to, whom I met…
There are two main reasons: the inspiration I found in the story of Sadako Sasaki and a sinking feeling that life was passing me by, that I wasn’t making any new memories and that I had put my creativity on a shelf. Let’s call it my 'quarter life crisis'.
Though paper is but paper, Marianciuc's handcrafted pieces transmit a genuine warmth unseen in many of our modern gadgets.
Scroll down for 12 original works of origami, all of which began in the form of a basic paper crane.
#172 superhero crane A long overdue collaboration with my good and talented friend @nikolai_makeiev. I am grateful for the superheroes in my life! Does having superhero parents make you a superhero too? I'd definitely have the power of flight! ~ ^.^ ~ (ps - I have a renewed respect for spiders...it took me ages to build that terrible looking 'web') #origami #paperart #superhero #spiderman #hero #1000cranes #project365 #minimal
The cranes themselves tell the story, but the setting of the photo and all the various elements I include in taking the photo are a vital part of each crane’s story. -CM
#252 September smoke crane Last night, after watching the second Hobbit film again, I went outside, only to be greeted by a very familiar smell: woodfire smoke. It reminds me of going back to school, bare trees, mum's amazing cooking... I love autumn! paper, scalpel, glue #origami #paperart #project365 #senbazuru #1000cranes #smoke #flames
#279 come closer crane Trying hard to get over my mild trypophobia with this one. I was trying to think of a deeper meaning for today's crane, but eventually I decided not to. Lichens are fascinating, you just need to get a closer look. And there is the deeper meaning - take time to look closely at things you otherwise overlook! ^.^ paper, glue, lichens #origami #paperart #project365 #tsuru #senbazuru #1000cranes #lichen
#283 don't wake me up crane In bed until 11, cooked (and ate) breakfast and lunch at the same time, not hating this grey weather. All that's missing is a bunch of old friends, an open fireplace, hot chocolate and merriment. hole punch, tweezers, glue, tiniest brush and watercolour #origami #paperart #project365 #detailed #tsuru #senbazuru #1000cranes #mika #dontwakemeup
I could write page after page about my days, but, as an exercise in creativity, I resorted to making words secondary in this journal. Colours, textures and light would take centre stage. -CM
#288 wire me to your heart My room is filled with the smell of oranges and there is an almost surreal-looking light coming through the window blinds. A warm breeze outside and, in the air, the feeling that this autumn is full of good things. My face is itchy; I am growing a beard again. Listening to Finale by Para One. It reminds me of walking to uni and of my dad. citrus, warm light, kind light paper, needle, wire, tweezers #origami #paperart #project365 #tsuru #senbazuru #1000cranes #mixedmedia #paraone #wires #blvart
#294 give me back the night crane I cannot even remember the last time I was able to lie down in bed, before falling asleep, and not be bombarded by thoughts and faces and 'what ifs'. This crane is an eulogy for the past, and a whispered hope that I would get back my future nights. walnuts, coffee, rested Song of the day: Rubbernecker by @bellinspace #origami #paperart #project365 #tsuru #senbazuru #1000cranes #stars #olgabell #rubbernecker #craftsposure
#295 premonition crane There is something in the air, a sense of expectation, a silent preparation for something momentous. Listening to 'Premonitions' by @entervaults only adds to this ominous feeling. sunny, yet violently cold dreading anniversaries, can I not just sleep through the next couple of weeks? #origami #paperart #project365 #tsuru #senbazuru #1000cranes #premonition #vaults #minimal #minimalist #craftsposure #blvart
#304 flickers crane Woke up with a severe feeling of being out of place. Deeply touched and shaken by a poem I read last night by the talented Emily Palermo: "In the beginning we held the universe in our mouths and stardust dripped bloody from our lips. We were celestial and we were hungry and we were magic...". (Genesis) I took the flickers from your eyes/ and placed them on the sky of my heart/ heavenly bodies collide/ they birth new galaxies/ new worlds, new light/ a cosmic embrace that lasts for aeons/ sparks fly and send new flickers/ which I will place with my mouth/ in your eyes Song of the day: For you, love by @fridasundemo #origami #paperart #project365 #tsuru #senbazuru #1000cranes #emilypalermo #poetry #boredpanda #icarusmidair
Marianciuc is one of eleven children and hails from Siret, a small town in northeastern Romania. In addition to origami, he enjoys baking and has a passion for linguistics. He currently works for a Humanitarian Aid organization in the Republic of Moldova in the field of interpreting and translations. Though his project will officially come to a close in just a few months, he ensures us:
I know that I cannot and could not stop. I am considering continuing what I do, until I reach 1000 cranes. As the legend says, and as Sadako was hoping, folding 1000 origami cranes would grant you a wish.
Source: Cristian Marianciuc