Some 10,000 shipments of transuranic waste have traveled the US interstate system alongside civilian vehicles since 1999. During the summer of 2010 we unexpectedly encountered a truck transporting waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico. This truck, its containers, its route, and its destination - represents our (human) best attempt to date to design for and address the reality of nuclear waste and its long-term future. Our brief passing of this truck was a momentary point of contact with this waste, bound for deep time.

smudge is a collaboration between elizabeth ellsworth and jamie kruse. our current project meets sites and moments where the geologic and the human converge. we creatively respond to the complex of forces we encounter there: the natural, built, historic, social, strategic and the imagined.

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