地球平和監視時計 Peace "Watch" Tower

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地球平和監視時計 Peace "Watch" Tower Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City http://hiroshimaphotography.tumblr.com/post/42989227899/peace-watch-tower-hiroshima-peace-memorial

Established by Nonprofit Organization Peace Watch Club Designer : Atsuo Okamoto 岡本敦生

North Korea announced it had conducted an underground nuclear test on February 12, 2013. Following the test, the counter on a "peace clock" monument installed at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was reset to zero. The clock shows the number of days since the last nuclear test.

The tower is made of granite (0.8 meters wide, 0.4 meters long and 3.1 meters high). Placed on atop of the tower is a round clock, showing the current time. Under the clock is a digital display indicating the number of days since the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Beneath that is another display showing the number of days since the last nuclear test was conducted. Installed on the bottom of the tower is a cogwheel device.

To prevent memories of the atomic bombing from fading away and to warn against repeated nuclear testing, the Peace "Watch" Tower was created and donated to Hiroshima City.

Of the two digital displays on the tower, the upper one indicates the number of days since the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, while the lower one shows the number of days since the last nuclear test was conducted. Every time a nuclear test is conducted, "the number of days since the last nuclear test was conducted" is reset to zero.

The cogwheel device under the digital displays implicitly warns that human history continues to tick toward its end if nothing is done. The device consists of 15 cogwheels lined up from top to bottom. The concept is: the cogwheel at the top rotates 100 times per minute, but it will spin faster if the earth shows signs of being in danger. If it reaches the immovable cogwheel at the bottom, the clock will automatically self-destruct. In order to stop the cogwheel from spinning, we must work toward abolishing all nuclear weapons and seek for an age of coexistence among humankind without dependence on military force.

The Peace "Watch" Tower reminds us to stop these cogwheels from rotating - reminds us to put our heads together to eliminate nuclear weapons, and reminds us to put an end to our dependence on military force, to live in an age of peaceful coexistence.

This Clock Tower dispiays panels with numbers and cogwheels. The first panel indicates the number of days since the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The Iower panel indicates the number of days since the last nuclear test. When a nuclear test is conducted, the number of days will be reset to zero to enhance the strength of the protest from Hiroshima.

The cogwheels below represent a virtual countdown which warns us that we are on the path Ieading towards the annihilation of humanity.

The concept is : the cogwheel at the top rotates 100 lOO times per minute, but it will spin faster if the earth shows cogweel at the bottom, the clock automatically self-destruct.

In order to stop the cogwheels from spinning, we must work toward aboIishing alI nuclear weapons and seek for an age of coexistense among humankind without dependence on military force.

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uclynch on February 17, 2013

A fascinating piece of human history, all the more poignant set at day 1. L1.

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Photo taken in 1 Nakajimachō, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811, Japan
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