Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper
21 Pieces, 8in x 12in ea
Music by Rafael Leloup
As part of a series of US nuclear weapon tests known as Operation Crossroads in 1946, a 23-kiloton nuke called Baker was blasted 90 feet underwater at Bikini Atoll. The explosion caused a tidal wave that reached over 2 miles high. This particular test, the second and last detonation in Operation Crossroads, was the first to be tested underwater and the result was so devastating that the third blast, Charlie, scheduled to go off in 1947 was cancelled because naval ships were still having trouble decontaminating from Baker’s test. Many of these ships were subsequently towed back to the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco and de-radiated by a process of sandblasting in the drydocks on site, creating the contamination that still exists today. References dated: July, 1946, courtesy of the U.S. Navy.