A 5-Month Production, An Exhibition at Tsuruga Station
Until November 25th, two high school girls from Tsuruga Technical High School had set up an illumination installment in the Tsuruga Station Multipurpose Center known as “Orupark”, located in Fukui Prefecture’s Tsuruga City. The installment was a “Purple Ribbon” illumination, as a symbol to bring awareness to domestic violence (DV) and aggression towards women. Taking approximately five months to complete, the two students expressed their hopes, “We wish for more people to learn about the meaning of the purple ribbon; and even if just a little bit, we wish to decrease the suffering.”
The illumination project was requested during April of this spring, from the city of Tsuruga to the Technical High School, in anticipation for the “Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women” national event targeting DV and sexual harassment, which spanned from November 12 to 25. Two female students, part of the school’s Information & Chemical course, took charge in the project.
“We are neither victims of domestic violence, nor are we aware of such incidents around us. But perhaps there may be victims closer to us than we think,” explained one of the students.
“Not knowing about the significance of the purple ribbon, I became interested. I wish for more people to learn about its meaning,” reflected the other student.
The two student began production from June, but it was a difficult journey. When creating the ribbon-shaped frame, they tried using many different materials from bamboo to a soft wire mesh. Unable to form the three-dimensional design, they had to rebuild the frame many times over. Furthermore, the production schedule was intermittent due to job-hunting and club activities during the summer. Regardless, the two were able to complete their project by the first part of November, with the continuous assistance of their teachers and classmates.
Using LED lights, the installation is approximately 1.6 meters tall, and approximately 1.3 meters wide. When lit up, “STOP DV” can also be seen written on the installation in LED lights.
Upon completion of the project, the two school girls expressed their wishes, “We hope that those who are suffering can see this illumination, and help them gain, at least, a little bit of courage.”
They continued, “Like how I was before, I think there are many people who don’t know about the purple ribbon. I wish for more people to learn about it, and end domestic violence within our society.”
The teachers and classmates who supported the two students, who will be working in the manufacturing industry from next year, expressed their own words of encouragement, “Both of the did really well to produce this work on their own. Starting production from scratch and working through completion, this will definitely be a valuable experience for them.”
The illumination will operate in Orupark until November 24th, from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., and the 25th until 3:00 p.m. In addition, from November 26th until December 25th, the installation will be at Plaza Banshou (プラザ萬象), located by the Tsuruga City Library. In the case where the venue will only operate in the evening, the illumination will be lit during 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.