Nevada National Security Site (2015)

Sheng Wen Lo, 2015
Sound: I-lly Cheng

For the project "Fallout" by Sheng-Wen Lo, 2015
'REPLAY' Exhibition, AKV | St. Joost Art Academy, 2015

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.

During the 1950s, the mushroom clouds from 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. The last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site was "Little Feller I" of Operation Sunbeam, on 17 July 1962.