Launching Donor Wall Project
We launched the Preservation Fund for the Hiroshima Panels on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the gallery in 2017 with a vision to renovate the aging building. Thanks to the generous support from many people, we have been able to raise approximately 170 million yen, or about half of our 300 million yen goal – with the support of 6,500 people.
We have been seeking a way to display the presence and wishes of all the people who contributed to the construction of the new gallery building. As a result, we decided to create this Donor Wall Project.
For this project, we will paint two murals in the corridor of the new gallery building with the help of the artist Aki Yamashita, who also designed the postcards for the Preservation Fund.
On one wall is a metasequoia tree. On the other wall, a flock of doves taking flight above the current Maruki Gallery. The cones of the metasequoia and doves represent all the supporters who have contributed to the construction of the new building. The metasequoia cones represent the number of donors, and the names of donors who have donated 100,000 yen or more will be stamped inside the dove. If you wish, you can also visit the gallery and stamp your name by yourself.
As the number of metasequoia cones and doves increases, this mural art will become more lively and powerful. And it will be a long-lasting reminder to future generations of the people who loved peace and art and saved the Hiroshima Panels.
For more information about the Donor Wall Project and how to participate, visit the donation site “Donor Wall Project (Japanese site – machine translation available).” Alternatively, you can make a contribution through the GlobalGiving crowdfunding site “Save the Hiroshima Panels – Preservation Fund.” The names of donors who have donated equivalent of 100,000 yen or more through this page will also be stamped inside the dove.
All donations through GlobalGiving are tax-deductible for donors who are US taxpayers, and all projects on GlobalGiving.org have been pre-qualified for 501(c)(3) equivalency status. UK taxpayers paying in GBP are eligible for Gift Aid. More information is available here.
We hope you will join us in this new project!