Teruko Nimura

For Every Sadako , 2018
Paper, thread, wood & mirrors
15 x 5 x 5 ft (457.20 x 152.40 x 152.40 cm)
'“For Every Sadako” is a contemplation of the story of Sadako and the thousand paper cranes. Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb destroyed Hiroshima. She developed leukemia as a result of exposure to radiation. Sadako began folding origami cranes after learning about the Japanese legend that said if a sick person folded 1000 cranes they would get well. Sadako only made it to 644 when she passed away. My piece is a monument to every innocent victim of war. It consists of a mirrored child-sized coffin with 644 cranes rising from it. The mirrors are meant to include the viewer’s own image in the work, asking them to think of the possibility of their own role in preventing such atrocities, or question what if it was their own child? I think that reminding people of the injustices of the past is essential to addressing the cruelties of our current world. I am looking forward to seeing this exhibition come to fruition. As artists it is our job to appeal to the head and heart, to remind of us our humanity."