Yusaku Kamekura, Hiroshima Appeals 1983
September 7, 2012
Yusaku Kamekura’s Hiroshima Appeals poster promotes peace, but also reflects on the horrors of the past. The use of butterflies burning down from a sky of ash show us how beauty was destroyed during World War II. Kamekura’s work refers to the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima where hundreds of thousands of innocent people were killed on the morning of the August 6, 1945. It is not just a poster that commemorates, but also educates about the threat of nuclear warfare. It is certainly a grim reminder of an event that changed the course of the war, but the artist portrays it in a way to speak out against war and the immediate terrors that ensue.