"After the bomb! Building a new Life!" Nagasaki 2007
“After the bomb! Building a new Life!” Nagasaki 2007
The Nagasaki mural was finished in March, 2007. It was done with children from Seihi Junior High School located in Seikai City and therefore part of the Nagasaki Prefecture. The coordinator was the art teacher Sizuko Kakimoto. They took nearly four months to complete it. The painting depicts the Roman Catholic Cathedral Urakami and the peace statue in Nagasaki. The church is one of the biggest Catholic churches in East Asia. The building was completely destroyed by the atomic bombing on August 9, 1945 but rebuilt in 1959.
The peace statue is ten meter tall and located in the Nagasaki Peace Park near the hypocenter of the atomic bomb. Its right hand is pointing to the threat of nuclear weapons and its left hand symbolizes the extension of eternal peace. While its right leg is showing to be in a position of meditation the left expresses an initiative action for world peace.