The San Francisco City Hall is a grand building with a magnificent domed ceiling and sweeping staircase. This time of year at the top of the stairwell sits the World Tree of Hope. From the distance the tree looks white but on closer examination you discover thousands of folded paper cranes. On each crane is a message of hope from people from all over the world. It is a symbol of unity.
The paper crane story was brought to attention by Sadako Sasaki. She contracted leukemia after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. While she was in the hospital she read the Japanese legend about how the person who folds 1000 cranes will be granted her wish. Her wish was to heal. She wrote on the wings of a crane…”I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world”. She was 356 cranes short of 1000 when she died. Her determination and vision has inspired children and adults across the globe.
Today, the World Tree of Hope is a gift to the world from the San Francisco LGBTQ community. Messages of love, hope, and unity cover the tree. The simplicity of the cranes gives elegance and power to the messages: [Read more…]