of the Simnuke Project
The Simnuke Project aims to make
an artistic and historical difference in four key areas:
1. Portray: Using modern
and safe flame effect technology, the closest thing to a
nuclear event that most Americans on US soil could experience
will be created. By taking accurate blast radius and weapon-efficiency
measurements, we will provide a small group of people the
experience of Trinity, precisely 60 years ago.
2. Reclaim: We strive to
reclaim some of the destructive energy generated by the
nuclear age, using it instead to promote awareness and peace.
By taking matters into our own artistic hands, we own some
of the light that has cast a shadow over our lives. This
project will benefit the public through education. On this
historic anniversary, energy that has been forgotten will
be brought forth. The weapons of war that American generations
have paid for will be brought to light – a mirror
to the military-industrial complex and its effects on our
lives will shine.
3. Interpret and Protest:
In addition to our simulation of a nuclear event, we draw
upon the artist community to interpret the bomb, nuclear
energy, and their effects on society in their own ways.
We create the space for these works to thrive: either in
the desert around the event itself, or grounded in the gallery
space. Bringing these works to light is an act of protest,
in an attempt to awaken the public to the persistent threat
of the world’s nuclear stockpiles.
4. Peace and Healing: Bringing
the events long forgotten after 60 years is a tool for healing.
Viewers will reflect on how the bomb culture has affected
them and the world that they live in. It is our hope that
by creating a close connection with the destructive nature
of nuclear technologies, peace will become the higher option.
The Simnuke Project is performance art. It
is protest in response to nuclear weapons. It is a commemoration
of Trinity - a moment in history that forever changed the
world. We will hold a mirror up to this subconscious reality
through a real life portrayal of the visceral experience
of a nuclear device detonation. On all levels - as art and
as historical statement - every aspect of the Simnuke Project
aims to raise awareness and heal. By simulating the experience
of nuclear detonation, the implications of nuclear weapons
become vividly clear.
In creating a huge mushroom cloud of fire,
we seek to reclaim some of the limitless destructive energy
unleashed 60 years ago. By inviting other artists to interpret
the event in a gallery exhibition, other pieces will further
this conversation beyond the Trinity anniversary itself.
The Trinity Memorial Grove will leave a lasting legacy,
preserving the awareness raised by the project and helping
to heal the environment.
It is our hope that no one will ever
again have to experience the real thing.