This 30 metre long mural by Japanese artist Taro Okamoto consists of 14 colourful panels, depicting the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The work was commissioned for a planned luxury in Mexico in 1968, but the hotel project halted and the work vanished.
Okamoto died in 1996, at which point his life partner launched a search for the work. It was eventually discovered in 2003 in a warehouse in Mexico. Its years of storage in poor conditions had taken their toll, and an arduous restoration project was undertaken.
Upon completion in 2008, the work was displayed to the public for the first time. Now, the colours and vibrance of this explosive destruction are accompanied by the tumult of commuting at Shibuya Station.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 28 May 2018