31 Statue of Mother and Child in the Storm
September 5, 1960
Established by :
Hiroshima Municipal Federation of Women's Associations
The hopes for peace of
ordinary people are imbued in this statue of a mother displaying love powerful
enough to endure suffering and overcome grief.
The statue was made by Shin Hongo, an sculptor from Sapporo who created
Wadatsumi and other monuments highly expressive of human love. In 1959,
to express thanks for Hiroshima Mayor Hamai's support of the movement to
ban atomic and hydrogen bombs, the Gensuikyo (Japan Council Against A and
H Bombs) gave him a plaster model of this statue.
Later, the Hiroshima Municipal Federation of Women's Associations, which
had worked hard for the conference, called for making this monument and
erecting it in Peace Memorial Park. They raised funds, oversaw its creation
in bronze, and gave it to Hiroshima City.