Cracks appear in Isamu Noguchi’s Hiroshima Peace Bridge

Cracks have appeared on part of Hiroshima’s Peace Bridge, which was designed by world-renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi, despite the bridge only 5 years after being repaired.

The Peace Bridge which carries Hiroshima Peace Boulevard across the Motoyasu River just south of the Atomic Bomb Dome monument is one of two bridges designed by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), orginally built in 1952.

The ends of railings on Peace Bridge have the circular finials meant to evoke sunrise and the act of building while thick crescent shapes at the edge of the West Peace Bridge evoke sunset and departure). Cracks have been discovered in one of the pillars that supports the end of one of the Peace Bridge’s rails.

Isamu Noguchi Peace Bridge cracks close up

According to Hiroshima City officials, there are multiple cracks in the concrete main pillar on the north side of the eastern end of the parapet, the largest of which is approximately 90 centimeters long and 2 millimeters wide. The largest crack is approximately 90 cm long and approximately 2 mm wide, and is located at the bottom of the curved design holding up one of the circular finials that resembles the sun.

The cracks were first noticed in September and it has been pointed out that there was “no immediate danger of collapse,” and the pillar is currently wrapped in masking tape. It appears that repair material will be injected into the cracks before the end of the year, but the Road Planning Department is consulting with a specialists to determine more comprehensive repair measures. The bridge underwent repairs only five years ago.

Source & photos: Chugoku Shinbun

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