Mapping Plutonium focuses on issues relating to the United States development of nuclear weapons. It is about the secrecy, the environmental disasters, the toll of human health, the deceptions of the corporations and government, the nuclear waste and the denial.
This installation contains art and artifacts. It is part fact and fiction.
I am concerned with the truth and the myth, with secrets and public knowledge, with successes and failures, with achievements and disasters, with honesty and fantasy, with realities and fabrications and with denial and confirmation.
Mapping Plutonium has taken on several iterations. This installation began as “Mapping Plutonium: Hanford to Rocky Flats” at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, Colorado. “Mapping Plutonium (the Hanford Site)” followed at Gallery One Visual Arts Center in Ellensburg, Washington. Mapping Plutonium continued as two installations as part of the Facing Rocky Flats Exhibit in the Boulder Public Library and the Denver Public Library. I continue to conduct research and develop Mapping Plutonium.
This video is part of "Mapping Plutonium (Hanford to Rocky Flats)"
It is about the extreme winds that come off the mountains and blow across the Rocky Flats area picking up dust and dirt and spreading it across highly populated areas. Dirt and dust that contains plutonium and other contaminated particles.
*The last flag to fly at the Rocky Flats Plant, taken down June 6, 1989 during the FBI raid that shut down the facility.