999 Cranes

999 Cranes


(upbeat music) – [Silvia] I decided to
name the piece 999 Cranes. There’s a Japanese saying that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, your dreams come true. And so I took that idea in which this one paper crane is kind of the first when you’re coming in as a freshman, or it could be your last as you’re graduating from university. And so it’s like the one
gift for every student or every person who sees this. This mural is by far the
largest I have created. It’s 296 long by 17 feet high, and it’s about roughly 5,000 square feet. I use my body a lot in terms of scale and how things are, and then it’s really
important that you’re able to back away so you can see how things are falling into place. Public art has the capacity
to really connect people with our work in a way
that is not intimidating. It’s simply there and they
can actually access it. The public art initiative
from President Aoun, it’s a lot of vision. I think this initiative
here at Northeastern is very powerful. One of the things that I
am very passionate about is also helping other female
artists do this kind of work. I feel like it’s not the lack of talent, but it’s a lack of opportunity. As much as I can I love
the idea of being able to empower other woman
artists to do this work, so I hire them as
assistants so they can learn the different ways of
making giant art on a wall. I am feeling really
accomplished with this piece because it is combining
things that I really love. Silvia Lopez Chavez, I am an
artist and a graphic designer.

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