Artist Creates Intricate Origami Cranes Every Single Day For 1,000 Days and Counting
Back in early 2015, paper artist Cristian Marianciuc decided to challenge himself to create an origami crane every day for one year. Starting off with a paper bird as one of his blank canvases, he would add a variety of colors and all sorts of other embellishments as a means of expressing himself.
“I describe my day through colors, shadows, and everything that surrounds me,” he explains.
After the year was up and he already had the 365 origami cranes, instead of stopping, he decided to just keep going. To date, he has amassed an entire swarm of these origami cranes, more than 1,000, in fact. Their designs are as different and as intricate as they are beautiful and mesmerizing. While some may be more inconspicuous and minimalist in design, others, on the other hand, are like avant-garde masterpieces.
In his designs, Marianciuc incudes intricately-cut paper feathers, pressed flowers, leaves, beading, stitching. Others even go a step further by having miniature paper architecture balancing on their wings. In his own words, every crane designed by Marianciuc is, in fact, his own, personal of that day.
One of the cranes, for instance, captures scenes from his childhood.
“It smells like the family picnics we used to go on almost yearly in May, in the mountains. The mint flowers infuse it and remind me of a steaming cup of mint tea with lemon and honey in January,” Marianciuc writes. Referring to a plain white crane with intricately-cut wings the artist says, “Today, silence seems appropriate. For no particular reason other than the fact that the sky is grey and autumn is creeping up in my bones and heart – in the best way possible!”