Often memorials to horrific events recognize human hardships. Their severity measured in lives lost, ways of life altered, and the extent to which communities are burdened for generations to come. Fragile Lands asks how a memorial could emphasize not only a humanitarian loss, but the inherent ecological loss of landscapes devastated from the radiation and destructive force of nuclear blasts. The proposal consists of a wall of mirrors wrapping the perimeter of the largest hydrogen bomb detonated in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. Mirrors displace this place from the surrounding landscape. Bases of hills mix with the manmade structures scattered about the site to indicate an invisible obstruction in the horizon. This site is concealed from view, no longer a subject of human experience or interference, but it's presence nonetheless felt.
The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial Competition Entry
with Paul McCoy