The red-crowned crane or Tancho in Japan, are known to dance their elegant dance of dips and jumps in pairs, and watching the green pair I expected them to spread out their wings and twirl, choreographed by the mountain breeze. The birds have a perfect setting, surrounded by roses and multicolored flowers and greenery all around with spectacular views of sunset over Burrard Inlet, and at a distance the Indian Arm, the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver.
The metal eco-sculptures are filled with soil and covered with porous landscaping fabric. Plants are then inserted through the holes, made in the fabric, to hide the frame for a near perfect replica of the real cranes.
Tancho cranes carry a heavy esoteric burden as symbols of luck, longevity and fidelity. At traditional Japanese marriages 1000 paper origami cranes are included to wish 1000 years of happiness and posterity on the couple. To the Chinese and Vietnamese the crane is a carrier of spirits to heavenly shores.
2. Japan Atlas: Kushiro Marsh and Japanese Cranes (Tancho)
The real Tancho Cranes. (Wikipedia photo)