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U of T celebrating Pride with rainbow flag made up of 3,000 paper cranes

University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts & Science have created a rainbow-coloured flag made up of more than 3,000 paper cranes in celebration of Pride month.

“At Hart House we are proud to celebrate diversity and inclusivity all year long, and recognition of Pride is always on our calendar,” said Stephanie Eldred, senior communications officer Hart House, U of T’s centre for arts, culture and recreation, which has the cranes on display to celebrate the start of Pride.

University of Toronto’s Hart House currently has the rainbow flag of cranes on display, kicking off the first day of Pride month.
University of Toronto’s Hart House currently has the rainbow flag of cranes on display, kicking off the first day of Pride month.   ( Floody, Claire / Hart House Twitter )

The cranes are made from origami paper and enough were folded to produce a fully proportionate flag measuring 9 feet by 15 feet, said U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science communications officer Sean Bettam. He said the inspiration came from a Japanese tradition called senbazuru, which states that if a person folds 1,000 origami cranes, their wish will come true.

“A folded crane has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times,” Bettam said in an email.

Bettam said the idea came from Lucy Chung, the director of Infrastructure Planning for the Faculty of Arts & Science. It was made by approximately 50 people from the Faculty of Arts & Science, as well as, any students who participated while passing through Sidney Smith Hall, when the crane-building table was set up in the atrium.

It took a little under two weeks to fold the cranes and assemble the flag, Bettam said.

Hart House is hosting U of T’s Pride Pub event on June 8.

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