Owen Byrne joins Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz to Fold for Good with Visitors at the Carnegie Science Center

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On October 5, 2013, I welcomed Owen Byrne to the Carnegie Science Center, to fold with visitors from noon-2 pm in the Overlook Room. Byrne, who is the President of Origami Salami Iota in Ridgewood, New York, staged several events involving hundreds of students in support of our Folding for Good initiative, “Operation Sandy Hook: Peace,” through which we have collected over 10,000 origami peace cranes from participants in 13 countries in support of the Sandy Hook Elementary community, Newtown, CT.

CSC Overlook 10.5.13On December 14, 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 20 students  and six teachers and staff.

Byrne folded 1,001 peace cranes himself, which I layer strung with members of the University of Pittsburgh Origami Club. Byrne calls his contribution, “Owen’s Army,” and included just one extra peace crane which is different from all the others. Owen says that the one plaid crane, amid 1,000 floral cranes, is the “captain crane!”

Thanks to Owen and to his family for making the trip to Carnegie Science Center to see our exhibit, “Folding for Good.” Our 5,050 strung origami crane cascades are on display through November 3, 2013, in the OMNIMAX atrium windows, and can be viewed without paying an admission fee. Or just look over at the Science Center from across the street at Heinz Field; you can see it from there.

Also see press coverage in Owen’s hometown: Times Newsweekly, serving Queens and Brooklyn.

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