Habs Climate of Change Art Installation
Haberdashers' Ashe's Boys' School
Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Thu 29 Oct
A large-scale Art installation created from recycled paper origami cranes. Each with a written personal pledge for the environment. Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School have invited every member of the School, all pupils from Year 1 to Year 13, teaching staff and support staff, to make their own origami crane using only recycled paper and write a personal pledge for the environment on each one. The origami cranes have now been individually hung to create one large and beautiful art installation.   

Art is so often used as a vehicle for social change and, change, we must. This project has encouraged crucial and challenging conversations on the topic of climate change within our school, asking us how we, as individuals and as a collective, can make a difference to our environment. With determination to see a transformation, every member of the School community has committed pen to paper to write their own promise, each showcasing a positive change for our planet.  

One might ask why cranes are the visual focus for our community project. Sadly, and along with many other creatures, cranes are at risk of extinction as a result of hunting and the destruction of their natural habitat by mankind. In many cultures, these majestic birds are considered to be a messenger from God and stand for good fortune and good things to come. It therefore holds wonderful symbolism to write our pledges on their wings and set them to fly in our installation. To us, this artwork is a statement of positive change as well as a physical display of creativity and community spirit, with a focus on a hugely important issue.  

Caring for our mental health in the midst of a pandemic is also more important than ever. At Habs, we have found
the act of coming together as a community and working with a common purpose has bought joy and balance to pupils and staff, providing time for calm focus and reflection to strengthen our resilience and mental health. The mindfulness required through the powerful act of creation has pushed our community to consider complex emotions on the vital topic of climate change.

The School community has certainly responded to the call, risen to the challenge, and worked as a team to ensure everyone has been able to take part. It has truly been a joy to witness and on a more personal note, I have been incredibly proud of them. In this beautiful installation staff and pupils alike have powerfully joined together and spoken as one.

This is a free event

Suitable for ages: All

Organised by Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School

Miss Katie Barron
t: 020 8266 1700
e: barron_k@habsboys.org.uk

Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Haberdashers Askes Boys School
Butterfly Lane
020 8266 1700

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