Middle Finger Candle – Protesting Atomic Energy
Created by New York-based artist Nao Matsumoto, who nearly cut off his own middle finger while cutting wood in his studio back in 2011, the Middle Finger Candle was designed to be used as a symbol to protest Japan’s government to abandon atomic energy.
On March 11, 2012, during the anniversary of the tsunami that sparked the Fukushima atomic disaster…thousands of protesters descended upon the National Diet building in Tokyo and proudly displayed their middle finger.
As the candles burn, the middle finger melts away, leaving a sadly deformed stump of a hand. It’s symbolic of the human tendency to only be able to communicate after things are badly damaged.
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