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Peace and Destruction

This is a peaceful scene of a Japanese fisherman fishing off a bridge in the mountains.  This hand painted and signed Japanese silkscreen painting has something that is not so very peaceful associated with it though.  As a matter of fact it is the opposite of peace and relates to utter and complete evil. and destruction.  Perhaps you will be able to understand what I am referring too with a little more information to follow here.

The painting was given to my father-in law by an architect in Detroit, Michigan many years ago when he was working with him on some projects as a contractor in the Detroit area.  My father-in law, Albert Petrucci was close friends with an architect named Minoru Yamasaki who gave him this painting at the conclusion of one of the projects they worked on together.  Minoru came to Detroit in 1945 and started out working for a firm called Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, and then went on to form his own firm called Yamasaki & Associates.

Minoru Yamasaki is best known for the design of the original twin towers called the World Trade Center towers in New York City.  At one time, the towers were the tallest in the world at 1368′ and 1362′ tall.  The towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001 when al-Qaeda Islamic terrorist flew American Airlines planes into the buildings. The buildings stood for more than 30 years and were leveled within 1 hour and 42 minutes on that fateful day when almost 3000 people were murdered.


John 10:10 KJV

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 14:27 KJV

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nether let it be afraid. 



  1. tabitha59reachingout says:

    Interesting piece, Tony. You are so right. Looking at the ‘fruit’ of the tree will tell us who is really behind the action. Thanks for sharing. Happy new year. 🙂

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  2. Happy New Year to you too Debbie! I know this is going to be a great year!

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  3. tabitha59reachingout says:

    I think so too! I am eager to see what God will do. Blessings on you and your household. 🙂

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  4. inesephoto says:

    What a remarkable story. Have a blessed year!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Thanks for stopping by ! May you have a very blessed year as well!


    • Before settling on the final design Minoru and his team went through more than 100 designs before settling on the final design in 1964. These are the words of Minoru about the World Trade Center. “This great project, to be built in lower Manhattan, for the purpose of bringing together the presently scattered elements of world trade in the most important port in the world, has architectural possibilities which have rarely existed in a project in our times…. Beyond the compelling need to make this a monument to world peace, the World Trade Center should , because of its importance, become a living representation of man’s belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and through this cooperation his ability to find greatness.”


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