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There Is No Good Decision In War
awaken2sun
Submitted by: awaken2sun | 7:20pm, Aug 02
Culver City CA United States
3 Comments


My Vision of Peace
I was inspired to create this piece as my friend, Clifton Daniel recently returned from his second peace mission to Japan. Clifton is the oldest grandson of U.S. President Harry Truman. On his first visit, last summer, one of the highlights was attending the annual peace ceremony in Hiroshima. His trip was sponsored by the peace group Sadako Legacy, named for Sadako Sasaki.

Sadako was a Japanese girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her home in Hiroshima. She was inspired by an ancient Japanese story that promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. Although Sadako's thousand paper cranes could not save her life, they would take flight in another way, serving as a symbol of the growing movement for peace on Earth. Sadako died at the age of 12.

About 15 years ago, Clifton was made aware of Sadako's story when his son brought it home from school. In 2000, while Clifton was interviewed by Japanese journalists, he told one of them how the story of Sadako had impacted his family. After learning of the interview, Sadako's brother, Masahiro Sasaki, called Clifton and invited him to Hiroshima for the first time. It took another decade (in 2010) before the two men met in New York where Masahiro and his son, Yuji, donated one of Sadako Sasaki's last remaining folded cranes to a Manhattan memorial center for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. At this peace event, the two agreed to work together to deepen the understanding between the two countries that are still divided over the atomic attacks.
The image of the mushroom cloud is the central focus but I chose to screen it back and to add clouds to give it a dreamlike affect. As the hands pray for a future of peace, I added the flower as something beautiful that can grow from the devastation. I chose the hands to hold an aster because in the language of flowers, an aster means "Patience". The Origami Peace Cranes circle it as a protective barrier. The paper cranes represent peace, as was depicted in the book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes".

Of his grandfather's decision to drop the bomb, Clifton is quoted as saying, "I have tried never to see it as a right or wrong thing to do. There is no good decision in war."


Medium
The piece was created in Photoshop. The image of the mushroom cloud was borrowed from the internet. The origami cranes, praying hands and flower are digital images. I want to thank my son, Sam, for folding the paper cranes for me.

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18 people like this.

awaken2sun     7:25pm, Aug 02

awaken2sun

Beautifully done. Thank you.


gen356     5:17pm, Aug 07

gen356

Lovely imagery!


lizb     1:07pm, Sep 01

lizb

Fantastic, simply wonderful!


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