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Balloon Release Scheduled For Dec. 7th, 2011

A Balloon Release

Photo by Helen Warren

Our Balloon release is scheduled for 3:45 P.M. on Dec. 7th, 2011, at Cockrill Middle School in McKinney, TX, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Watch the Sky

Located in McKinney, TX, art students from Cockrill Middle School are releasing almost 500 helium filled balloons with pieces of personally made origami attached. Each paper artwork is covered with a design made by an art student. Folded inside of the origami is a haiku poem written by a student on one of two following topics chosen by classes collectively; what we are thankful for and our dreams. Pieces about dreams will be attached to white balloons and those about thankfulness to red ones (the colors of the Japanese flag). Each piece is unique with an identification number and a scannable QR code. As the balloons drift away from the school into the unknown they will eventually land and some will hopefully be found. In seeing the QR code on this paper artwork that fell from the sky, it is our hope that curiosity will nudge finders to scan them with their phones. This will lead them to this site where they can learn about the project and report back to students about where they found their origami and their thoughts about the artwork.