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Impressions of Annihilation

(Three Mile Island)

Three Mile Island, detail
Detail

Three Mile Island, animated light sculpture
Excerpt in time

1988 by Flash Light
20" x 25" x 4" x 5 minutes
electronics, software, fiber glass, wood, iron, pencil

On March 28, 1979 the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, suffered a partial core meltdown. If the containment had been breached, it could have forced the evacuation of an area the size of Pennsylvania. Although the nuclear reaction was eventually brought under control, for five days the outcome was uncertain. The cost of the clean up was about $975 million dollars, and took over 13 years. It was considered the world's worst nuclear accident, until the meltdown at Chernobyl, in Ukraine, seven years later. I created this piece as a warning sign, lest we forget the dangers inherent in building nuclear power plants. The simulated explosion occurs randomly, so you can't tell when it might go off, just as the case with a real nuclear reactor. Click here for the complete story behind the creation of this piece, and its first exhibition at Stockwell Gallery.


Provenance:

2006 "Light My Ire Redux," curated by Paul Cabezas, FusionArts Museum, NYC
2006 "Light My Ire," curated by Paul Cabezas, FusionArts Museum, NYC
2004 "PROTEST," curated by Ron Morosan & Ellen Levin, RAW Space Gallery, NYC.
1988 "Macabre Show," curated by Pamela Stockwell, Stockwell Gallery, N.Y.C.

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