Archive for August, 2013

We love when we do business with companies who really care. One of the companies we are currently working with, Crowe Productions, knew about our 1000 Cranes for Peace Challenge for our upcoming exhibition, Building Peace and sent us this powerful message from one of their friends.

Post written by Rob Kellough on August 6th, the Anniversary of the devastating bombing on Hiroshima.

It’s odd to have a personal connection to one of the worst things to have ever happened in history, but I do and on this day, August 6th, I would like to share it with you.

My late father was stationed in Japan during the Korean conflict and at one point traveled with a group of fellow officers to Hiroshima. What he saw there moved him so deeply that he organized a fundraiser to help rebuild the Buddhist temple that was at ground zero. Some weeks later, he received a package in the mail…a piece of a roof tile from the temple.

Piece of Buddhist Temple roof

Piece of Buddhist Temple Roof

You can clearly see the smooth section that was covered by an overlapping tile and the pitted, bubbled section that was exposed to the thermal blast. It melted stone into glass. Now, imagine what it did to people.

I won’t discuss whether dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was right or wrong. It was simply the ultimate act of violence in a horrible war.
Please just take a moment to remember all those who have died and are dying in senseless conflicts round the world and if you get a chance, do some good.

Thank you for sharing your story with us Rob and for your great message to “do some good”. 

You are also invited to share your stories and emotions with us as part of our Building Peace exhibition and our permanent photo exhibition, Requiem. Please visit the Diefenbunker website for additional information.

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Papercraneposter_1Yesterday marked a somber anniversary. Sixty-eight years ago today, on August 6, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, the second detonated on Nagasaki, Japan. This event often marks the end of the Second World War, and in many minds it is also the beginning of the Cold War.

Today we begin our season of peace. For the next four months, the Diefenbunker will host three events on the theme of peace.

From August 6-10, we will be making Paper Cranes for Peace, honoring the story of the 1,000 paper cranes. The purpose of this event is to discuss what we can learn about peace by looking to the past.

The 1,000 paper cranes will join contributed pieces from local artists in an exhibition entitled Building Peace, which will launch on September 14, 2013, just ahead of International Peace Day. The exhibition, in partnership with One World Dialogue will ask the question: How do we build and create a ‘culture of peace’ as we move into the future? It will focus on the steps we take in the present to discuss, reflect and create peace.

The final event is our Remembrance Day ceremony in November, which will focus on the act of remembrance as a means to let the events of the past inform our future.

With these three events, and corresponding programs for youth and families, we will look at peace from three perspectives: past, present, and future. We invite our community – local, national and international – to join us in reflecting on the concept of peace: what it means, how we can create it, and the role it plays in our lives.

paper craneAn ancient Japanese legend states that folding 1000 paper cranes will grant you a wish. It was this ancient legend that inspired the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who lived during the time of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan. Because of radiation exposure, Sadako developed leukemia at a young age. Her only wish was to live, and so decided to fold 1000 paper cranes to make that wish come true.

She was only able to finish 644 cranes, after which she became too weak to continue. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 12. Read her full story here. Sasaki’s paper crane story is the basis of our new exhibit entitled “Building Peace.”

The Diefenbunker has partnered with One World Dialogue (OWD) to create the exhibition “Building Peace” (September 14th – December 31st, 2013), located in the Bank of Canada Vault (level 100). The exhibit will explore how we build and create peace looking at the past, present and future.

We want you! There are three ways you can be involved with our new exhibition:

1) Submit your artwork – We are currently seeking visual art submissions for this exhibition.
For more information, click here »  The deadline for submissions is August 12th, 2013 at 4:00pm

2) Help us make 1000 paper cranes – Join us at the Bunker (or even from the comfort of your own home) and donate your paper cranes between August 6th, 2013 and August 10th, 2013. The 1,000 paper cranes will be on display in the Bank of Canada Vault as part of the Building Peace Exhibition, then donated to the Children’s Peace Monument in remembrance of the bombings.

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own paper crane.

Papercraneposter_13) Participate in our paper crane workshop– come join us on Saturday August 10th from 1-3pm in the Butler Hut at the Diefenbunker.
Learn how to fold cranes and other origami! At the end you will put your newly acquired skills to the test – we will all work together to fold two life sized cranes! The workshop is free and all origami will be donated to the Children’s Peace Memorial in Japan.

Exhibition Details

How do we build and create a ‘culture of peace’ as we move into the future?

Art is a powerful tool to express the human desire for peace. This exhibition explores different perspectives on building peace representing our past, present and a look to our future.

Date: September 14 – December 31, 2013
Launches Saturday, September 14, 2013

Location: Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3911 Carp Road, Carp, ON, K0A 1L0 | www.diefenbunker.ca