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Peace Statue

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 23 October 2015 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

This is the centerpiece of the Peace Park. Made of bronze, the 30 ton statute was completed in 1955 by Seibo Kitamura. It's 31.8 feet (9.7 meters) high and sits on a 12.8 foot (3.9 meter) base.

There is lots of symbolism in this sculpture. First, the right hand points to the threat of nuclear weapons while the outstretched left hand symbolizes tranquility and world peace. Divine omnipotence and love are embodied in the sturdy physique and gentle countenance and a prayer for the repose of the souls of all war victims is expressed in the closed eyes. Finally, the folded right leg symbolizes quiet meditation while the left leg is poised for action in assisting humanity.

The face does not look Japanese because it is a "Person who goes beyond human races."

Nagasaki Peace Park
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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

After a fine move down the image.

23 Oct 2015 5:49am

jean pierre a from France

reflet extra! amitiés

23 Oct 2015 5:52am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Belle composition

23 Oct 2015 6:57am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Beautiful surroundings with this reflection !!

23 Oct 2015 7:31am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A beautiful powerful statue and a very beautiful reflection

23 Oct 2015 8:03am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition, colors, lights & reflections!
A M A Z I N G !

23 Oct 2015 8:58am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Bravo une très belle photo miroir!

23 Oct 2015 9:01am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb photo and very interesting.

23 Oct 2015 10:11am

Devi from Chennai, India

fantastic capture of this grand statue with the reflection !!And what a superb narration !!!

23 Oct 2015 11:10am

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Thanks for the superb image and sharing the background. - I copied down the explanations - symbolism -
........ and what the world is coming to ........
kindest regards,Steve, have a great weekend MN

23 Oct 2015 12:01pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

23 Oct 2015 1:25pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Great shot. Excellent framing.

23 Oct 2015 2:49pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Nice capture

23 Oct 2015 2:50pm

Diana from Olympia, United States


23 Oct 2015 3:25pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine image of this impressive statue. Excellent reflection too.

23 Oct 2015 3:44pm

Kiki from Auvergne, France

Very good composition which includes the reflection for a not easy subject!

23 Oct 2015 4:14pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Stunning point of view to capture the perfect reflection

23 Oct 2015 5:03pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

I love the strong composition of this scene. Great framing.

23 Oct 2015 5:16pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Impressive image!

23 Oct 2015 5:50pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Interesting the reflection.

24 Oct 2015 1:31am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very nice point of view with the beautiful reflection. All we need is peace.

24 Oct 2015 1:50am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel reflet de statue et image quelle compo sur son socle sombre grandiose vue.

24 Oct 2015 3:52am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful shot. Great angle and beautiful reflections. Excellent. :)

24 Oct 2015 5:49am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


24 Oct 2015 8:38am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a wonderful loo, Steve :-)

25 Oct 2015 2:20pm