"Paper cranes" made of titanium exhibited in Hiroshima

by Manabu Hamaoka, Staff Writer

"From the Streets of Hiroshima," an exhibition of artwork by Hiroshima-based metal artist Kazunori Sasaki, 64, opened at Gallery Tengu Square in downtown Hiroshima on October 8. The exhibition continues through October 13, and admission is free.

There are five fantastical artworks involving titanium cranes in the shape of folded paper cranes, considered symbols of peace. The cranes are in resting or cuddling postures on top of meter-long crescent-shaped bases. Visitors gaze at them in admiration.

Mr. Sasaki worked as a welder for about forty years and has been creating artwork for the last fifteen years. Takanori Sakamoto, 32, a company employee visiting from Okazaki City in Aichi Prefecture, said, "The cranes, which look like they've been folded from paper, are beautiful."

(Originally published on October 9, 2009)