There is a legend in Japan that if a person is able to fold 1,000 origami paper cranes, he/she will be granted a wish. In 2011, Japan, there was a large scale paper crane tribute to Sadako Sasaki, a Hiroshima bomb survivor, that French artist Mademoiselle Maurice participated in.

Arch2o-Origami Street Art-Mademoiselle Maurice (22)

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Mademoiselle Maurice had recently witnessed the 2011 nuclear plant explosion of Fukushima and was especially sympathetic towards the paper crane tribute, which gave her the idea to continue creating beautiful origami murals as a “tribute to all the victims of the violent actions in our world.” She then went on to create origami street art in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and France.

Arch2o-Origami Street Art-Mademoiselle Maurice (31)

Courtesy of Mademoiselle Maurice

Most recently Mademoiselle Maurice took part in the 2013 ARTAQ Festival in Angers, France, where she created 3 new colorful origami installations. With the help of the citizens of Angers, Mademoiselle produced 30,000 folded components that she used to brighten the front gates of the Saint-Maurice cathedral with a vibrant geometric design and pave the front stairway with an origami river of color.

Arch2o-Origami Street Art-Mademoiselle Maurice (26)

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Her third installation was a massive origami mural of a laughing person. These are just a small taste of the thought-provoking and vivid creations that Mademoiselle Maurice has made. Hopefully she will continue to cover the streets with origami and make more murals soon. But right now, you can view her origami on Colossal, Twitter, My Modern Met, Designboom, or Vimeo.

By Veronica Mattaboni

Courtesy of Mademoiselle Maurice

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