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Remembering the 2011 tsunami through recycled art

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 - 01:16

Nov. 19 - Japanese automobile manufacturers turn cars damaged in the March 11, 2011 tsunami into art.

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This metallic pine tree is a symbol of hope. Fourteen Japanese carmakers have teamed up to build the symbolic work of art, which is made out of scrap metal from cars that had been swept into fields by the tsunami. It's modeled after the lone pine tree that survived the March 11 tsunami that swept away more than 60,000 other trees as well as countless lives. At an unveiling ceremony team member Takashi Nakashima from Mazda Motor Corp said the team worked diligently to make sure they got it right. SOUNDBITE: Takashi Nakashima, employee at Mazda Motor Corp, saying (Japanese)" "When I went to the place where it happened to see the pine tree and listened to the stories of the people who suffered from the disaster, I knew this was not something which you could make with a half-hearted effort." Each piece of the statue was cut from sheet metal and welded individually on to the trunk like a jigsaw puzzle. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) Nobuyuki Kobayashi, 40-year-old Toyota Motor Corp employee, saying (Japanese): "There are 1,000 pine needles attached and no two pines are the same. We considered the feelings of the tree, how the branches facing north and south would bend differently and because of that, that process felt like it would never end." Now that it is completed, the engineers hope the surviving tree will serve as an inspiration.

Remembering the 2011 tsunami through recycled art

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 - 01:16

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