In Japanese culture the Crane is seen to represent peace and hope and an ancient legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a favour by the gods.  The large wings of the Crane are thought to offer protection and paper cranes are often given as symbolic gifts and it is said that creating a thousand paper cranes can help a person heal and recover. 

NTAS aims to create a large scale origami installation of 10,000 yellow and blue cranes at the Tynemouth Bridge Gallery, Tynemouth Metro Station, to be installed at the end of July 2022.

NTAS will lead a community engagement project across North Tyneside focused on working with schools, community groups, businesses and key partners to encourage groups and individuals to make cranes that will be part of the installation. The installation will be a mark of solidarity with Ukraine and a symbol of what can be achieved when people come together.

This page will be updated with details of how you and your community can get involved with this extraordinary challenge, as well as a video tutorial on how to make an origami crane.