On August 6th, 1945, twin atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing between 300,000 and 900,000 people. Pentagram partner Harry Pearce was recently asked to design a poster exploring the enduring effects of the attack for the University of Maryland Art Gallery’s Questioning the Bomb exhibition (September 2nd to October 23rd, 2015).

The resulting poster, titled It’s All Our Blood, is excellent.

It’s all our blood poster

“I used my own blood to illustrate that in the end all our blood was symbolically spilt that day. We all still live under the cloud of what was done, and what could still be done, to us all.”
— Harry Pearce

Here’s a short making-of video.

Photography by Richard Forster.
Image by Christian Carlsson.

Another memorable poster by Harry Pearce, Infantry.

On the topic of nuclear bombs, this video by Orbital Mechanics gives a glimpse into human stupidity. Since 1945 there have been more than 2,000 nuclear detonations.

Two. Thousand.

And today, nine countries have more than 15,000 nukes.

I support ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

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August 20, 2015

Comments

I was so impressed with this picture’s idea and visual effect as a Japanese. We need to meditate to think about peace again.

Supplementary explanation;
The atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki on August 9th 1945. (That is, three days after on Hiroshima.)

Really excellent from a number of perspectives. In fact, the most relevant thing I can say is that this concept (and it’s great final realization/version) is *SO good* that I can only suggest that you try to create a similar project for the Fukushima disaster.

Primarily because the Fukushima effects are in our time, thus everyone, young & old,
can feel *involved* at some level — and keep disasters like this in the public consciousness.

Because ultimately, like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s all about consumer/public pressure to push “corporate-negligence” into the realm of things we can be ACTIVE, not passive about challenging.

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