Artist: Chris Yaneff R.C.A, Canadian Manfred Gotthans R.C.A, Canadian
Title: "Peace" for "Images for Survival/Hiroshima appeals" 40th anniversary of atomic bombing
Original lithograph poster
Printed in Toronto, 1985.
Size: 24 in x 36 in 61 cm x 91.5 cm
"We designed the 'Peace' poster for the exhibition 'Images for Survival' for the Shoshin Society, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. 135 poster design were selected by leading Graphic Designers in North America and Japan. The joint exhibition of American and Japanese peace posters was shown first at the Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art and then later in Nakasaki Japan, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Ottawa Canada, Paris, and Moscow.
The inspiration for the poster came from a photo my son took while in Nagasaki, Japan, where North American tourists are often greeted with a peace sign by the local young children, as Nagasaki was the target of the second atomic bomb. My associate Manfred Gotthans felt that children showing the peace sign might make an adorable travel poster, but wouldn't drive home the fatal consequences if mankind doesn't heed the plea for peace and nuclear disarmament. This is why we used a skeleton (an actual skeleton was photographed for the poster) we felt the poster needs no words. The message is a serious reminder and is comprehensible in any language." (Chris Yaneff)
The poster was designed by the graphic design team of Chris Yaneff and Manfred Gotthans of the firm Chris Yaneff Ltd.