Photos by Isaac Hoops
Over the next week, a series of origami crane installations will be set up on the University of Nevada, Reno campus to honor the lives of those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The first installation took the form of two towers in the visitor center on the first floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. Additional chains of cranes will be strung across campus in the coming days.
The installation “9/11: A Week of Remembrance and Service Through Art” is a collaboration between the university’s Office of Veteran Services and the Center for Student Engagement with support from David J. Drakulich Art Foundation: For Freedom of Expression.
“University staff and faculty have a shared experience around 9/11; everyone has a story and it has impacted everyone on some level, ”said Chai Glenn-Cook, director of veteran services at the university. “The 20th anniversary is a suitable time to pause and reflect on that day, the lives lost and how it has shaped who we are as individuals and as a nation.”
Over 3,000 origami cranes will be used to represent the more than 3,000 lives lost that day. The paper used for the cranes is made from retired military uniforms that have been pulverized and turned into paper by UNR students and community members.
In a statement on the project, university officials noted, “Origami cranes are a popular Japanese symbol representing prosperity, healing and peace. The purpose and purpose of the facility is for the Reno campus and community to stop, reflect, remember, and move forward.
In addition to the origami installations, thousands of small flags of the United States were placed on the lawn outside the student union on September 9.
The origami crane installations will be on display until September 17. Parking is available in the Brian Whalen parking complex or near the Joe Crowley Student Union, and parking charges may apply.
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