Nevada National Security Site (2015)

Sheng Wen Lo, 2015
Sound: I-lly Cheng, Conservatorium van Amsterdam

The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), previously the Nevada Test Site (NTS), is home to 1,021 American nuclear tests. Formerly known as the Nevada Proving Grounds, the site was established on 11 January 1951 for the testing of nuclear devices, covering approximately 1,360 square miles (3,500 km2) of desert and mountainous terrain.

The last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site was "Little Feller I" of Operation Sunbeam, on 17 July 1962.

For the project 'Fallout' in 'REPLAY' Exhibition, AKV | St. Joost Art Academy, 2015

Nevada National Security Site

Nevada National Security Site

This ongoing project is about nuclear testings since 1945, their markings on landscapes and influences on animals/ecosystems. Until now, there has been more than 2000 tests.

In the first phase, landscape photo/video gameplay was made by reconstructing Google Earth's 3D data.

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Nevada National Security Site, 37°07’N 116°03’W

eye altitude: 1100m
image date: 2003

During the 1950s, the mushroom clouds from the 100
atmospheric tests could be seen for almost 100 mi
(160 km). The city of Las Vegas experienced
noticeable seismic effects, and the distant mushroom
clouds, which could be seen from the downtown hotels, 
became tourist attractions.

 

Castle / Bravo, 1954

Castle / Bravo, 1954

Bikini Atoll, Namu, USA
Castle / Bravo, 1954 (15 Mt)
Weapon development, 11°41’50’’N 165°16’19’’E
eye altitude: 5700m
image date: 2005

Over twice as powerful as thought, error in
assessing Li-7 contribution. Lethal fallout.

Excerpt from Mondo Cane (1962)

Sulky (Operation Whetstone), 1964

Sulky (Operation Whetstone), 1964

Nevada, USA
Sulky (Operation Whetstone), 1964 (92 t)
Peaceful research, 37.08259°N 116.34345°W
eye altitude: 1000m
image date: 2010

A Plowshare project for hard, dry excavation test, 
to study dispersion of radionuclides.

Fakel, 1972

Fakel, 1972

Kharkiv, Ukraine (USSR)
Fakel, 1972 (3.8 kt)
Extinguishing oil/gas fires, 49.47973°N 35.49465°E
eye altitude: 2000m
image date: 2013

Gas fire shaft closure.

Chagai-I, Pakistan, 1998

Chagai-I, Pakistan, 1998

Ras Koh Hills, Pakistan
Chagai-I, 1998 (1~32kt, five simultaneous test)
Weapon development, 28.79273°N 64.94565°E
eye altitude: 3700m
image date: 2014

Notice debris from light rock band slumped downhill
from shaking. No official word on what happened in
the test. A. Q Khan, well connected but considered
unreliable, says 1 large and 4 small devices
detonated.

Sedan Crater, USA

Sedan Crater, USA

Sedan Crater, Nevada Testing Site, USA
Storax / Sedan, 1952 (104kt)
Peaceful research, 37°10’36’’N 116°2’48’’W
eye altitude: 700m
image date: 2006

2nd Plowshare test, cratering experiment, TN device
similar to Dominic Bluestone and Swanee, 12 million
tons of soil displaced, crater was 1280 x 320'.

Rubin 2, USSR, 1988

Rubin 2, USSR, 1988

Archangelsk area: RN-2, Russia (USSR)
Rubin 2, 1988 (15kt)
Seismic sounding. 66.28°N 78.491°E
eye altitude: 900m

Yamalo-Nenets, Russia. underground shaft (-830m),
seismic sounding

Lira, USSR, 1983-84

Lira, USSR, 1983-84

Western Kazakhstan, USSR
Lira, 1983-84 (5x15kt)
Cavity Excavation, 51.35832°N 53.31979°E
eye altitude: 1700m
image date: 2006

Create reservoirs for gas storage.

Operation Totem (UK), 1953

Operation Totem (UK), 1953

Emu Field, South Australia
Operation Totem (UK), 1953 (8-10kt)
Weapon development, 28°41’54’’S 132°22’17’’E
eye altitude: 1000m
image date: 2013

It was later found that the radioactive cloud
from the first detonation did not disperse as
expected, and traveled north-east over the
Australian continent.There are now stone
monuments at the ground-zero points, which
can be visited by tourists

Trinity, USA, 1945

Trinity, USA, 1945

New Mexico, USA
Trinity, 1945 (20kt)
Weapon development, 33°40′38.28″N 106°28′31.44″W
eye altitude: 1000m
image date: 2013

First ever nuclear explosion.Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States Army on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. 

Kristall, USSR, 1974

Kristall, USSR, 1974

Sakha, USSR
Kristall (Crystal), 1974 (1.7kt)
underground shaft, earth moving, 
66.45723°N 112.39882°E
eye altitude: 5000m

Designed to build a dam on the Deldyn River; was to
be first of 8, but project was scrubbed by high
radioactivity. Original crater covered with dirt
from mine nearby. 90 km NE Aikhal, Yakutia.

 Exhibition (experimental), AKV St. Joost  'REPLAY' 2015

Exhibition (experimental), AKV St. Joost

'REPLAY' 2015