On August 5th, 2015 (August 6th, Hiroshima time), Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) commemorated the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima by having the 100% scale, second “Little Boy (folded)” installing on the steps of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
For this one-day outside installation, I attended to meet visitors, and talk about my personal experience with the art.
Large black-and-white photos of the horrors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings were displayed along the walkway around the lake. A replica of “Little Boy,” the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, was also present. It was made by Yukiyo Kawano, who used tanmono silk and momen from a kimono.
“Its weightlessness juxtaposes with the power of destruction by the gravity of the subject,” Kawano said. “It has become a ritual-like practice of forgetting nothing, leaving out nothing.”
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The image below shows the calligraphy on the kimono silk which is forming the shape of Fat Man, the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945. I copied the original calligraphy done by Yosano Buson in 1778 called Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) by Matsuo Basho. Considered to be one of the major text of classical Japanese literature, Basho’s work is based on an journey he made in the late spring of 1689 during which he passed through modern-day Fukushima.
Nuclear Futures is a three-year program of arts activities, originating in Australia, and extending across six countries. It supports artists working with atomic survivor communities, to bear witness to the legacies of the atomic age through creative arts.