Hiroshima Appeals

Yusaku Kamekura Hiroshima Appeals 1983

Butterflies burning in the flash of an atomic blast, the first poster from the series Hiroshima Appeals, designed in 1983 by Japanese master Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997), from Takushoku University Arts Library.

The Hiroshima Appeals posters were produced annually from 1983 to 1990 by the Japan Graphic Design Association Inc, and the Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation, Inc.

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Optical Glass House / Hiroshi Nakamura






A private residence designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura, serves privacy and tranquillity in central district Hiroshima.



The architect used for the facade 6.000 glass blocks strung together by stainless steel, to raise a soundproof wall (8.6 x 8.6m) above the ground garage level. The glass wall, translucent or transparent depending on light conditions, animates the street and allows light and air to pass through the enclosed courtyard garden.


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Photos:Koji Fujii/Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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The World Flag Ant Farm

Japanese artist Yukinori Yanagi created a series of interconnecting boxes, each filled with coloured sand in the pattern of a national flag that are linked by plastic tubes. He then released ants into this system who were able to travel between all the networked flags, transporting food and sand.

The ants’ border crossings eventually resulted in an intermingling of colour throughout the system, and each flag’s integrity being slowly degraded. This ‘cross-cultural’ multinational network criticizes the notions of borders, nationality, collaboration and freedom.

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