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Gift for peace: An Indigenous gift from Yalata and Mayors for Peace to Nagasaki Peace Park in recogn
30 Nov 2015
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In recognition of atomic survivor communities

The Yalata Aboriginal Anangu Community is raising $30,000 to support the gifting- please donate and join the project.  Watch the compelling 3 min project video, including artists’ story.


On 18 April, 2016, an Australian delegation of Anangu leaders and artists from remote South Australia, and City of Fremantle representatives, will present Australia’s first sculpture gift to the City of Nagasaki, at the Nagasaki Peace Park.


The sculpture originates in the Anangu Aboriginal communities of Yalata and Oak Valley/ Maralinga in South Australia (SA), and has been successfully accepted by Nagasaki City government after a 12-month proposal process. The sculpture will be formally gifted by the City of Fremantle in collaboration with participating Anangu communities, Mayors for Peace Australia, and the Cities of Cockburn and Subiaco

Nagasaki Peace Park is an internationally renowned sculpture park frequented by thousands of visitors annually, featuring large-scale peace sculptures from around the world. To date there is no Australian presence. This project will change this, and provide a permanent Indigenous Australian sculpture contribution to the Peace Park.

The Tree of Life: Gift of Peace sculpture was inspired by the 70-year commemorations of the atomic bombings in Japan, and creates links between Japanese and Australian atomic survivor communities. The unique international peace initiative recognises atomic survivors worldwide, and acknowledges the sustained impacts on nuclear-affected communities, as well as the resilience and efforts of these communities to forge a global peace movement.


The sculpture represents the Anangu communities’ own search for peace and harmony, as Australian atomic survivors, and is linked with an existing community arts project being run with remote Indigenous communities whose recent history relates to the British nuclear tests of the 1950s at Maralinga. The project is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, and in 2015 was awarded the Graham F. Smith Foundation’s annual major grant prize.


Linked to the gifting is a documentary mentorship project for skills development with participants from Yalata Anangu Aboriginal community.

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