Peace Bridge
Peace Bridge, including West Peace Bridge on the west side of the park, was designed by the famous sculptor Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese then living in the US. He was a good friend of Kenzo Tange, designer of Peace Memorial Park, and was personally interested in Hiroshima. Though the bridge skeleton had already been designed and construction was underway, he took on the difficult task of designing only the balustrades of these bridges, which serve as important structural entrances to Peace Memorial Park. As the unique bridges neared completion, the designs themselves and the high cost came under intense criticism; the project was caught up in a design dispute. Today, the designs are acknowledged as having been ahead of their time, and the bridges are beloved Hiroshima landmarks.
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