August 22, 2011
As featured in yesterday’s New York Times Magazine, another poster sales effort is currently underway to benefit Architecture for Humanity‘s ongoing work in Japan. The paper crane challenge, organized by Students Rebuild, ultimately enlisted artist and Wasteland film subject Vik Muniz, but started with thousands of kids around the world. Hailing from 48 countries and all 50 states, the kids folded and sent over 2 million paper cranes in response to a challenge that the Seattle-based Bezos Family Foundation issued, whereby $2 would be donated to AFH for each crane submitted. When the number quickly eclipsed that goal, the foundation doubled its gift to $400,000.
Muniz’s actual mosaic, created in his Brooklyn studio, measures 36×40 feet. The poster is 40×50 inches, and can be ordered online for $30. Proceeds go to benefit AFH’s Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami Rebuilding Program.