Hiroshima was inspired by one of WWII’s best kept secrets :during world war II the Japanese were conducting weather experiments by sending huge hydrogen paper balloons carrying measuring instruments to study currents ,winds…as they were doing so they discovered a strong air current that traveled across the Pacific at about 30,000 feet ,and so they trusted the winds and the weather and replaced the measuring instruments with bombs and thousands of balloon bombs floated soundlessly across the Pacific Ocean and reached America. The only successful attempt was the unfortunate death of five kids who were having a picnic with their teacher. The story is quite touching as I could easily identify with both sides of the conflict, and it immediately struck a chord in my heart as it reminded me of the thousands of people who died from land mines in Lebanon.
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I know someone out there is surprised why he did his last bid ,yet is not the owner of the painting. Sincere apologies it wasn’t clear to anyone that my work had a reserve price , it wasn’t my fault and there was nothing I could do about it!