Thursday, August 6, 2009

Paul Schmelzer interviewed Hiroshi Sunairi on Eyeteeth: A journal of incisive ideas

Paul Schmelzer is editor of the Minnesota Independent, former editor of the Walker Art Center blogs, creator of Signifier, signed, a former editor at Adbusters, and contributor to Cabinet, Raw Vision, The Progressive, Utne Reader and others

Sixty-four years ago today, at 8:15 a.m. Japan Standard Time, the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay unleashed fury on the city of Hiroshima, dropping an 8,900-pound uranium bomb called "Little Boy." Some 70,000 people died instantly, according to military estimates, and 70,000 more succumbed to radiation poisoning within the next five years.

For artist
Hiroshi Sunairi, subjected to endless hours of "peace education" classes growing up in Japan, Hiroshima gradually started becoming "Hiroshima," a concept that, after he moved to New York and witnessed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, gained a deep, new significance. While Hiroshima's citizens turned tragic violence into a pledge for peace, Sunairi says he was shocked that the U.S. responded to an attack on its soil with link below to read the whole article.

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New York: Max Jezek's Persimmon seeds sprouted.....but not sure this is a persimmon sprout

Max Zezek & Emmy Eves with newly planted pots on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.
"Hey Hiroshi, We are pretty sure this is the Persimmon. It looks like a persimmon, doesn't it? Dont worry, he is planted in a pot with our avocado plant, and we keep them mostly inside."

I am not sure if it is......the leaves look different, but congrats, is a beautiful sprout of something!!

New York: Sam Gordon's Sendan seeds sprouted

Congratulations, Sam!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New York: Lucien and Yves's Persimmon seeds sprouted.......but

"I am sorry Hiroshi, we went away last minute! i have just returned last night. We have had a squirrel incident and are down to Yves' as lone survivor. The third one never came up. I also attached the remnants of Lucien's."
Yves Mervin-Leroy with newly planted pots on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.
Now, it sprouted!! Congrats!!

Lucien Mervin-Leroy with newly planted pots on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.
Sadly, a squirrel attacked the pot. I am sorry!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ohio: Cynthia Tisue and Diana Tisue's Sendan sprouted!!

Congrats, Cynthia and Diana!!

And I received an email from Diana, titled as "Spreading the Sendan"

"Hey Hiroshi! Here are the pictures of people we have shared our sprouts with. The first are our friends Adriana and Derick who live in Libertyville,Illinois. They loved hearing about the project and seeing you website!"

"My grandparents, Bill and Diki Bull received the second sprout which is proudly sitting in their kitchen. They live in Morrison Illinois. Enjoy! Hope all is well."
---Diana Tisue

Thank you Diana and Cynthia!

New York: Alexander Deschamps' Sendan sprouted

"I had a room in Bed-Stuy.

It had no windows.

I moved to a room in Greenpoint.

It has a window.

In the window the Sendan plant sprouted."

---Alexander Deschamps

Congratulations, Alex!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

New York and Bolivia: Timothy Tucker's adventure in Bolivia and his persimmon in NY

"I went to Bolivia for five weeks in June/July 2009. While I was out of town, my persimmon seed finally sprouted. I think it took about 2 months but now it is doing very well.

This persimmon sprout will be used in a memorial ceremony at a retreat by my Zen Buddhist group in upstate New York. We will hold the memorial on August 6, the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. The persimmon sprout will "bear witness" at this ceremony by my Zendo.

Meanwhile, I took [insert plant name here] seeds to Bolivia. I carried these seeds throughout Bolivia as I visited the cities of Sucre, Potosi, La Paz and other locations. I gave some seeds at the end of my trip to my new friend Doris in Coroico, a beautiful semi-tropical village a few hours' drive from La Paz. Doris said she would plant these seeds in Coroico which has good growing conditions. Meanwhile, the other six seeds are waiting to be planted in La Paz. It turns out that La Paz is a sister city of Hiroshima, so there may be an opportunity to get some official recognition of the seeds when they are planted in La Paz."
---Timothy Tucker

Congratulations and Thank you for your contribution, Timothy!!

"tree is fine but growing very slowly... at the moment I do not think it needs to be transplanted but I will do that when the time comes."

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Newfield, NY: John Eric Byers's Sendan sprouted

"hi hiroshi, after 3 weeks...... there is life!"
--- jeb

Congrats, Jeb!!

"hi hiroshi,
wanted you to see the growth!
hope this finds healthy and happy.
thanks again"

Spain: Blanca de la Torre’s Hibaku Sendan has bloomed

Hiroshi, one of your trees has bloomed!!!!! :) -Blanca de la Torre