Hiroshima Mayor Akiba and President of Mayors for Peace, an organization which is comprised of over 3,500 Mayors around the world working in 135 countries, asked David Clark to design and produce a high profile initiative to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of his city and promote disarmament during the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference being held that year at the United Nations.
In response David Clark partners with Christie’s Auction House and hosts a benefit art auction called “Back to the Garden” which featured over fifty visual artists. Participating artists included Yoko Ono, Jeff Koons, Tom Otterness, Kiki Smith, Richard Serra, Julian LaVerdiere and Takashi Murakami.
“Back to the Garden” also doubled as a VIP reception for Mayors for Peace, whose members were in New York City to attended the Non-Proliferation Conference at the United Nations. The Guests of Honor for the event were members of the “Hibakusha,” the living witness/survivors of the 1945 Atomic bombings.
As part of the initiative, Clark secures Yoko Ono to address the General Assembly of the United Nations on behalf of Mayor Akiba and Mayors for Peace. This is noteworthy as Ms. Ono and her family fled Japan following the atomic bombings in 1945. In addition, Clark secures the support of Michael Douglas, a long time advocates for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons to work with Mayor Akiba, along with Joni Mitchell who created a painting and lent her lyric “Back to the Garden” from her iconic song Woodstock for the occasion.
“I am delighted to have David Clark’s expertise in creating and producing the “Back to the Garden” art exhibition with Christie’s Auction House the day before the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nation, and for securing Yoko Ono to speak in the General Assembly on our behalf.”
– Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba