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A “Siege of Cranes” comes to Uris Library

Siege of Cranes, an illuminated installation in Uris Library by Alberto Embriz-Salgado ’14

Just inside the entrance to Uris Library, you’ll find 1,000 origami cranes floating above you. Inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the Japanese, Siege of Cranes is an installation whose purpose and message—much like the folds of the origami that created it—is layered and complex. Composed of one thousand cranes and over five hundred individual LED lights, the installation is the preamble to the exhibition When the Emperor was Divine—honoring Julie Otsuka’s eponymous novel.

Both the exhibition and installation were conceptualized and designed by Alberto Embriz-Salgado ’14, Student Designer-In-Residence for Olin and Uris Libraries, and executed in collaboration with library staff members.



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