Origami for Life: 20,000 paper birds help fund Covid-19 units at Erasmus Hospital in Belgium


20,000 multicolored origami birds have been installed in a medieval-era cathedral in Brussels, Belgium, as part of an initiative to raise funds for two Covid-19 units at Erasmus Hospital.

The art installation titled Origami For Life is an initiative of artist Charles Kaisin. The goal is to raise funds for the Erasmus Hospital in Belgium by creating Origami art using more than 20,000 origami.

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Suspended from the ceiling of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral by fine threads, the work came from as far away as Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo, after Belgian designer Charles Kaisin asked people to ‘send homemade birds or drop them off in boxes in 160 stores around Brussels.

Each bird was matched by a donation from companies including French energy firm Engie, raising 101,625 euros ($119,744) for two units for Covid-19 patients at Erasmus Hospital in Brussels. On the official website of the artist, he evokes the objective of this initiative which is to finance a specialized Covid-19 care unit for the Erasmus hospital by tranche of 50,000 € collected; and also for “Building an installation of 10,000 Origami to be exhibited at KANAL – Center Pompidou in Brussels.”

“I had a very serious heart operation and I was well taken care of by this hospital. That’s why I wanted to help them,” Kaisin told Reuters.

The artist also shared a tutorial video on how to make Origami through which people can support this initiative:

Kaisin also held an art auction that raised an additional 300,000 euros ($353,000) for the hospital, to support its medical research, including the side effects of potential Covid-19 treatments.

— with entries from Reuters

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