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In the centre of Hiroshima stands a huge pile of origami. Above this place, on August 6th 1945 an atomic bomb detonated. I took the photographs in October 1991. Children from all over Japan travel to this pile to leave their origami contribution. Photographs of those killed as a result of the blast are also added. I did see the better known skeletal "Peace Dome" not far away, yet had no idea that this more eloquent memorial existed. I also did not know that a visit and donation to this memorial is a required part of the school curriculum in Japan.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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