Artist Alex Pardee created this print to honor the men who stayed behind at Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Proceeds from the sale of the print will go to the men, known as the Fukushima Fifty, and their families. Pardee explains:
I was reading a lot about the group of heroic plant workers, now dubbed the “Fukushima 50” who are selflessly risking their lives to prevent the plant’s destruction when I ran across THIS ARTICLE that really hit me. When asked why he risked his life to continue working and helping at Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kohno basically said “If I go, I will not return with the same healthy body. But I have no wife and no children, so I feel like it is my duty to fight.” Almost immediately after reading that I had the urge to draw this image inspired by their bravery.
I have no idea how someone can be so brave, but I thank Kohno, and all of the other Fukushima workers for being, in the simplest term, HEROES.
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