Each day, Brother Brian Zampier, S.M., handcrafts an origami crane, decorated with colorful designs, and places it somewhere on the St. Mary’s University campus, to be discovered by someone as a gift. He hopes the project will encourage students, faculty and staff at St. Mary’s to create their own paper cranes and other artwork from paper they would normally throw away.
After completing a 30-day challenge from the Steal Like an ArtistJournal, an interactive journal published in 2015, Zampier was inspired to continue the challenge, commonly known as “The Abz Crane Project,” to promote world peace. “I have possibly folded 1,000 origami cranes in my life. The plan is to give away at least one crane a day for 1,000 days,” Zampier said. The paper crane is symbolically given as a wish for peace. In Japan, some believe that folding 1,000 paper cranes will make one’s wish come true. Zampier has been a Marianist brother for 32 years and resides on campus in Casa Maria. He has worked as an archivist for three years, transferring Marianist photographs and historical records from around the country to the National Marianist Archives building near St. Mary’s. Zampier also has extensive experience as a graphic designer and artist, having worked as an artist’s assistant for 10 years, at the Marianist Press and at a publishing company in Utica, New York.
Story by Amanda Bustos