“The atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki at 11:02 am on Aug. 9, 1945,
wiping out precious lives of 74,000 people and turning affected areas into ashes in an instant. There remain a large number of people who could fortunately survive but are still suffering from after-effects of the bombing. ”
“Heiwa Kinen-zo was built to prevent a recurrence of such a disaster on the earth,
wish for world peace and pray for the victims of the bombing.
The statute was completed in 1955 by Seibo Kitamura, a locally born sculptor.
The bronze statue is 9.7 meters high, sitting on a 3.9-meter base,
and weighs some 30 tons.
It is said that the statute’s right hand is raised upward to point to the threat of nuclear weapons while the horizontally extended left hand symbolizes peace.
The gently closed eyes are said to offer a prayer for the repose of the bomb victims’ souls. The face does not look Japanese because it is a ‘Person who goes beyond human races’.