detail from the Hiroshima Panels
by Iri and Toshi Maruki depicts a deranged young woman
wandering aimlessly in the atomic wasteland. Due to
the tremendous size of the panel, I choose to show
only this detail of the young woman. Her clothes were
either blasted off her or went up in flames, and her
charred body bares several ugly open gashes.
truly ghastly thing about this painting is the expression
on the girl's face. She is cross-eyed with terror
from all that she has witnessed - she has been driven
mad. This once lovely girl is oblivious to her own
blistered and burned body... mindless of the gore
she trudges through.
artists also wrote prose to accompany their visual
excerpt from their poem, Ghosts, reads:
in procession. Instantly stripped of all clothes by
the explosion. They had burns from breasts to legs.
The purple swellings on the skin were soon burst and
peeled off... hanging down like pieces of cloth. Numerous
ghosts from the inferno of the atomic explosion...
lifting hands up, carried heavy hearts and feet. They
fell down in grieving heaps... and died one after