Sadako Sasaki, born in Hiroshima in 1943, was just a little girl of 2 when she became a victim of the atomic bomb on her city, being covered by the black rain along with so many others. She suffered severe radiation due to proximity to the epicentre, and gradually started getting extremely sick developing leukaemia before her death at only 12, a slow and painful process. While in hospital (which she has never left after diagnosis), her dad told her the legend of the crane and she started folding origami ones, in the hopes of having a wish granted when she completed 1000. She started that task with the help of her school mates and other interns, as well as her family. It seems she was short of completing them, when she deteriorated and died of illness complications. Later she became a symbol of the innocent young victims of war and nuclear conflicts.
This 3D composition is a tribute to Sadako and her short life; if she was alive she would be the same age as my Mother and very probably a beautiful and noble woman, true survivor.
A wonderful statue of her is now in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, but the one I used here is from Hazel Reeves, RSS sculptor living in Brighton, for the Hed Wenn Peace Garden in Wales, and its model was found in Sketchfab, along with few of the flying cranes as well. I used my origami patterns as matrials via Capture, and added glass wings to her image.
The original statue in Hiroshima has a plaque saying:
"This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world."

Thank you for watching.

You may also like

Back to Top