Migration 2 consists of 27 origami cranes of different sizes and colours made from recycled paper flying above a map showing migration routes of endangered bird species.
An expanded ‘serial’ version of my mechagami sculptures each crane is animated by electric motors to produce a flying motion. The base of the sculpture is comprised of pages from reclaimed atlases showing the vast distances migrating birds can cover.
The simple aesthetic of the piece belies its hidden complexity that becomes apparent as the kinetic element activates and the birds take flight. The work has a serious message regarding the threats facing migrating birds with the 27 cranes represent the 27 bird species listed in the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species. The sculpture responds to these birds by using flimsy and ‘throw away’ materials to construct the birds alongside a complex drive system echoing the astonishing resilience and abilities that allows these birds to cross continents during migration.