Ginko bloba

Maria Regina Pinto Pereira, Sao Paulo, Brasil

Information on the print: 10x15 inches copper plate aquatint hanehmuler paper

Comments from the artist: One of the most famous Gingko Biloba trees was located in Hiroshima. It was growing near a temple that was 1.1 kilometers from the blast center where the atom bomb was dropped by the American forces during World War II. The tree was still standing after the bomb was dropped, even though the temple and everything surrounding it was destroyed. The tree began to bud again after the blast with no apparent deformities. The temple was later rebuilt around the tree. It was also the first tree to grow again in the area affected by the explosion of the nuclear bomb. Since the end of World War II, Ginkgo is the symbol of peace, endurance and longevity.

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