Nevada Nuclear Tests
2008 - 
5 from an ongoing series.
Pencil sketches 11.5x9 cm. Mounted in frames 18x24 cm. Frame lighting 17cm, 15w.
The bomb’s names are written on metal plates attached to the frames.


zucchini
priscilla
Sugar – Nevada, 19 Nov 1951, 1.2 kilotons Zucchini – Nevada, 15 May 1955, 28 kilotons
Priscilla – Nevada, 24 June 1957, 37 kilotons



During the 40’s and 50’s, the United States carried out 106 atmospheric nuclear tests in the Nevada desert. It was not until the 90’s Washington offered a formal apology and compensation was payed out to the large number of victims of fallout-related cancer.
Nevada is also known as the Sagebrush State. Sagebrush is a close relative of wormwood, the plant  mentioned in the Bible prophecies about "the end of days".

The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.
Revelation 8:10-11

Christians refered to this Biblical phrase after the Chernobyl disaster. Chernobyl means mugwort in Ukrainian, and mugwort belongs to the wormwood genus as well.
Based on a literal reading of the Bible there are hence two places and events which may fit in with the prophecy: An accident at a reactor in Chernobyl, and a place which for a long time were subject to well-aware damage, justified to secure a country’s position in the nuclear arms race.




Climax Nevada, 4 june 1953, 61 Kilotons


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