Sadako's Wish by © Karin  Taylor
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This piece is imbued with a lot of heartfelt meaning.
Here is a painting I did in response to the story of Sadako.

One day my daughter Sarah bought home a little sheet of paper with the story of Sadako on it and I was deeply moved by the tragic story of her life. You can read all about Sadako by googling her name or the story about the Thousand Paper Cranes.

Just briefly though, Sadako was just a little baby when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and by the age of 11 years she had lost her fight for life due to leukaemia, as a result of the radiation from the bomb.

Sadako tried hard to be cheerful and dreamed of living a long life. A little friend of hers suggested that she make 1000 paper cranes, because as legend had it, doing this could make your dreams come true.

Unfortunately, Sadako died, she was only able to make 600 cranes (please see Mui-Ling Teh’s comment below for more information), but her courageous effort and fighting spirit lives on in the hearts of everyone everywhere who hears her story of hope, faith and determination.
www.sadako.org/sadakostory.htm

This picture is all about Sadako being taken up into heaven at the moment of her passing from this life to the next. There are a few symbols in this painting that represent different things. The camouflage on her dress represents wartime. The wings indicate Sadako has a heavenly body now, and you can see Sadako is actually affixing them to herself as she accepts her fate. The magic carpet is taking her up to heaven. The little doll is her companion in this life and the next, similar idea to the ancient egyptians who placed belongings of the deceased with them inside the pyramids for comfort in the next life, the circles in the background represent glowing light emanating from the black stars in the sky, guiding her way to her new destination. There is an air of both sadness and triumph…leaving this world is sad, but entering the next healed and whole is triumphant.

This painting won a prize at an exhibition in Tweed Heads last year.

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All rights reserved © Karin Taylor 1965 – 2013*
Contact email karinlouisetaylor@gmail.com*
These images are the exclusive property of myself, Karin Taylor and are protected under the Australian and International Copyright laws. These images must not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of myself, Karin Taylor.

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Comments

  • skunk
    skunkabout 7 years ago

    I had never heard of Sadako, Thank you for the insight and the link. You have made an excellent piece out of her memory.

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    © Karin Taylorabout 7 years ago

    Thanks Tracy

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaabout 7 years ago

    that’s a very moving story.. thank you for sharing it and this piece of art with us.. they’re beautiful..
    most people tend to remember sadako as the scary girl in the movie, The Ring.. this is so much better a story to remember the name sadako by… =)

  • oh wow, i don’t know anything about the other Sadako. I met a japanese lady once tho, and she herself had never heard about Sadako and yet she grew up in Japan

    – © Karin Taylor

  • lightleake
    lightleakeabout 7 years ago

    Lovely

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    © Karin Taylorabout 7 years ago

    Hi lightleake, thank you for taking the time to comment on ’Sadako’s Wish’, much appreciated. :D

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    © Karin Taylorabout 7 years ago

    Hi lightleake, thank you for taking the time to comment on ’Sadako’s Wish’, much appreciated. :D

  • purelydecorative
    purelydecorativeabout 7 years ago

    Wow- this is so lovely, and even though I know this story (I’ve been to Hiroshima and there were thousands and thousands of paper cranes in the square there), I was really impressed and moved by your interpretation, and your description of the symbols in this piece. Beautiful.

  • thank you so much purelydecorative, it’s so nice to hear from someone that has heard the story and appreciates the depth of feeling :D

    – © Karin Taylor

  • greenfrog153
    greenfrog153about 7 years ago

    Beautiful portrait Karin.

  • there you are again greenfroggy….hehe….it’s nice to see you popping up here and there…….and everywhere…..thank you so very much!

    – © Karin Taylor

  • greenfrog153
    greenfrog153about 7 years ago

    You’re welcome Karin.

  • cdwork
    cdworkabout 7 years ago

    Superb work and story

  • thank you so much, it is a very special story isn’t it :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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