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1,000 Giant Cranes To Appear On Art Hill

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Update: The reading of the names of fallen officers will happen Sunday at 10:00am (pushed back from Saturday due to rain) on Art Hill. The Origami cranes are on display through Sunday evening.

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Rick Ruderer has been folding a lot of paper. His goal is to get 1,000 giant paper cranes.

"Legend has it that if you fold a thousand cranes your wish will come true. Our wish for the day is that we have to add no more names to this banner." said Rick Ruderer.

He's created the St. Louis Crane Project to benefit Backstoppers. The mission, to place 1,000 paper cranes on Art Hill this Saturday by 9am. You can buy your own bird for $10 on STLCraneProject.com.

"If all the cranes disappear we will be giving a check for $10,000 to Backstoppers." said Rick Ruderer.

He's orchestrated the origami art from his living room and front yard. Each sheet of paper starts out five feet by five feet before being folded, and folded and folded. Seven hundred forty pounds of paper in total will be made into cranes.

The best part about this medium is no muss no fuss. The cranes are held in place with two simple sand bags.

No machinery and no digging, just 2000 bags of sand and 100 volunteers placing the paper birds in place. And a QR code for each crane.

"Take a picture of it and we will track where the cranes migrate to all over." said Rick Rudere.

By 4:30 Saturday, birds like these will take flight spreading goodwill one sheet of paper at a time.