200,000 flowers create giant image of Obama in Hiroshima
The Asahi Shimbun by MARI ENDO/ Staff Writer October 5, 2016
A giant artwork created with flowers depicts U.S. President Barack Obama visiting Hiroshima, at Sera Yurien lily park in Sera, Hiroshima Prefecture. (Shinnosuke Ito)
SERA, Hiroshima Prefecture--Two hundred thousand red, white and blue salvia flowers have been used here to create a giant picture depicting U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.
“We want this picture to convey the desire for peace from Hiroshima where Obama made the historic visit,” said Tatsuya Ohata, 32, senior managing director of the Sera Yurien lily park.
The Atomic Bomb Dome, an origami crane and kanji characters for the word “peace” are also included in the image, measuring about 100 meters by 50 meters.
Obama left behind four paper cranes, a symbol of peace, he had made when he visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in May.
Visitors can enjoy a bird's-eye view of the large-scale artwork from a hill in the park throughout October.