Black color timer





This artwork depicts portraits of workers for the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the accident, using only black paint on the surface of 108 radio clocks. The workers drawn in this artwork were wearing radiation protective suit, as well as only black paint was used to draw for both background and the image, it is difficult to identify their individuals. When people see the artwork, they would approach near to the picture for trying to find out what is depicted on it. Then they may find the sound of the second hand of a clock which can be heard by them like the heart beat sound of each worker and might be felt like the sound as alarm for the time limit of the nuclear power decommissioning work.


The standard radio wave of the Kanto radio clock has been transmitted from the Otakadoya Standard Radio Transmission Station near the summit of Mt. Otakadoya located in Kawauchi-mura village, Futaba-gun, Fukushima Prefecture where designated as one of the radiation protection area until April 1 in 2012 (Heisei 24). It reminds us the present Fukushima.

Hirakawa has created his artwork along with the theme “Kioku no Keisho” which means “Inheritance of memories”. In this artwork, by drawing portraits of nuclear workers who have been invisible heroes, he has been trying to “inherit the commemoration” of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that has been diminishing from our memories day by day, also trying to “sound the warning bells” for still unpredictably dangerous nuclear power plant, and to “shape” the invisible radioactivity which cannot be seen, touched or smelt.


Memory is always coherent with oblivion. We can only keep our memories by putting them next to the oblivion. As to face our reality, Hirakawa dares to draw a blurred portrait for letting us remember the memories of that day that we should never forget.

Black color timer


Acrylic ,Glass primer and oil on Radio clock

diameter 30cm ×108

Taguchi Art Collection