KazumiTanaka

Ring of Fireflies

Ring of Fireflies

July, 2013
Happening

My 83 years old mother recently told me a story.
Towards the end of World War II, she was a young teen 13 or 14, evacuated to the rural countryside with many other children in order to avoid air raids. It was part of a government program to protect civilians including the elderly, women, and children. One night, they were told that the War had ended. There would be a charter bus coming the next morning to pick them up so they could go home, but none of the girls wanted to wait, so they took off in the middle of the night. They just wanted to go home as soon as possible. It was a long walk on the dark road, but there were fireflies everywhere, lighting their way home. She said it was amazing.

I was trying to imagine her as a young teen and what went through her mind, excitement or worries of not knowing what the future holds…

In July 2013, I created “Ring of fireflies” while at Art Omi International Artists residency. I crafted a wire structure shaped like a ring, covered with tulle netting fabric, and filled with fireflies caught by over a dozen artist volunteers from all over the world, exploring the possibility of borrowing the insects’ magical lights to create a temporary drawing in the natural environment. For me the ring is the symbol of peace and friendship.

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