The World Tree of Hope is perhaps one of the most meaningful and beautiful Christmas tree to exist. A tradition since 2006, a 20-25 foot Christmas tree is placed in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall and then decorated with thousands of origami cranes. Although stunning as ornaments, these cranes serve a more important purpose. Written on the paper before they are folded are well-wishes for the future.
The 2011 World Tree of Hope boasts over 7,000 origami cranes and silver/gold stars, all with wishes. Organized by the Rainbow World Fund, it "joins together individuals of diverse cultures, points of view, spiritual beliefs, socioeconomic backgrounds and sexual identities, and taps into two of our most powerful resources – the human mind and heart," says Jeff Cotter, founder of the Rainbow World Fund.
The World Tree of Hope is Filled With Well Wishes for the Future
1. Origami Art - Exploring the use of origami as a form of artistic expression and decoration.
2. Well-wishing Culture - The rise of well-wishing practices and the incorporation of positive messages into various forms of art and decoration.
3. Community Engagement - Increasing community involvement and connection through collaborative art projects and events.
1. Art and Crafts - Opportunity for artists and crafters to innovate by incorporating origami techniques into their work.
2. Event Planning - Potential for event planners to create meaningful experiences through interactive art installations and well-wishing activities.
3. Social and Cultural Organizations - Disruptive innovation potential for organizations that promote diversity, unity, and positive messaging through creative initiatives.