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Concord Ambassadors To Unveil Intricate Art Installation

The ceremony will commemorate Concord's 40 year relationship with its sister city Kitakami, Japan.

This paper was used to make cranes that symbolized hope.  Photo credit: Mike Dunn
This paper was used to make cranes that symbolized hope. Photo credit: Mike Dunn

The Concord Ambassadors will unveil a new art installation in March that commemorates the international ties the city has has to its sister city Kitakami, Japan. 

It will be the first of several events that culminate in a visit from Japanese ambassadors in October. They will visit California to learn about American culture.

"If history were to repeat itself, we might expect a delegation of up to 70 guests, who will join with the community as we celebrate this milestone," said Mary Rae Lehman, Concord Ambassador. The art installation's unveiling will commemorate the 40 year anniversary of the first visit from Sister City residents. Concord Ambassadors have been fundraising for two years to turn this idea into a reality. 

The art installation is constructed of 10,000 cranes that were hand crafted during a candle light vigil in Todos Santos Plaza in April 2011. The vigil was held to honor and support the residents of Kitakami, who survived a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that followed.  

Concord Ambassadors had organized the vigil with the goal of folding 1,000 cranes, which are a symbol of hope for a full recovery. People folded that night and continued to do so even after the event concluded. More than 10,000 cranes were created. The ambassadors saved them and gave them to Sean Olson, an Oakland-based artist who transformed them into a spray of color and emotion.

Olson’s art installation will be unveiled in the Brenden Theatre on March 9, 2014. The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served. 

It begins at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the theatre, located at 1985 Willow Pass Road in Concord, California. 


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