Pamela's ArtPrize 2013 Series
Top 50 Finalist
Wing and a Prayer
Celebrating the children within Hope Network
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel • Grand Rapids
The wings of hope carry us, soaring high above the driving winds of life.
Wings of Hope
Wings of Love
Wing and a Prayer: The Inspiration
Sadako statue - Photo credit: Mary Fox
Young Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia after the 1945 atom bomb destroyed Hiroshima. Although Sadako loved to run, she was soon too weak. An ancient Japanese legend states that by folding a thousand paper cranes one's wish for health would be granted. So Sadako began folding cranes
Sadako didn't finish folding all the birds before she died. But because of Sadako's tenacity for life, her classmates completed the cranes, and her father placed the thousand paper cranes in her casket. Since then, Sadako's hope has inspired other children around the world to soar above adversity.
Wing and a Prayer also invites viewers to respond by hanging a wish or a prayer on the wall for a child. Like the draft under a bird's wing, each wish or prayer uplifts a child in need—whether the challenge is physical, mental, or emotional. As the notes rise up the wall, they transform into thousands of paper birds and give hope wings.
Wing and a Prayer exhibit at ArtPrize 2013 • Photo by Paul Willis
A Special Thank You...
- To the models who posed for the artwork
- To the families who shared stories of children within Hope Network
- And to the thirty volunteers who spent 630 hours assembling almost 4,000 paper birds
Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009
Wing and a Prayer works donated to Hope Network Autism Center of Grand Rapids, Michigan; D.A. Blodgett - St John's Home of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Asian Family Support Services of Austin, Texas