JAPANESE SCULPTOR'S WORK DEDICATED AT GUADALCANAL'S HENDERSON AIRPORT

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 7, 19988 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---Japanese sculptor Ryokichi Mukai's new 1.8 ton work of art, "Gates of Nostalgia," has been presented to the Solomon Islands in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the World War II battle of Guadalcanal.

The sculpture was dedicated last month at the newly-opened, Japanese-funded Henderson International Airport facilities, east of the capital, Honiara.

Speaking at the dedication ceremony, Mukai said he tried to portray different impressions in his sculpture to recall the varied memories of soldiers who died during combat on the most famous of the Solomon Islands.

Minister for Aviation Sir Baddeley Devesi accepted the gift on behalf of the Solomon Islands people, calling it a "marvelous work of art by a world-famous artist."

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