Aguirre, the Wrath of God, is certainly a big influence on us. Here’s Werner Herzog getting shot by a sniper in LA during at interview. Have you seen Aguirre? It’s wonderfully disorienting to say the least. 5 weeks of shooting on-site on the Amazon, 9 months of pre-planning. Klaus Kinski shot a man’s finger off. Lots of shooting in general, it seems.
A man garbed in a radiation suit makes a new friend. After the Fukushima dai-ichi meltdown, many animals were set free or culled depending on type. Independent animals, such as cats, were allowed to roam free while animals that depended on humans, such as horses, were said to be killed. A humane system was implemented with surprising speed, though it is to be assumed that more exotic species, such as this ostrich here, were left off the list.
The first H-Bomb detonated, a fireball big enough to cover Manhattan, and the birthplace of our project. The tests done on Enewetok certainly changed the course of history: by respecting the past we can give it a better future.
JR in Fukushima, the Inside Out project rolls steadily forward! What a great smile on the obaachan!
I reckon that, to really enjoy any art, you have to have a strong sense of humor and/or a strong sense of melancholy. These guys get it. How else - or why else - would you coax hundreds of crows to fly over Parliament?!?
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Wheatpaste, also known as Marxist Glue (for serial!), is a style of postering that recalls wallpaper-hanging, and is a common street art technique, often associated with graffiti. The TED-prize winning artist JR is one of our inspirations, and his wheatpaste works are amongst the most beautiful in the world. The Cactus Dome’s concrete surface is very conducive to this technique, which minimizes environmental impact when compared to media such as paint. It will also biodegrade without further damage to the area. Your photos will literally be wheatpasted to the dome, creating the record-setting Big Bang Collage: double badass. It’s highly likely that our collage will feature less seductive bananas, but finger’s crossed this isn’t the case.
Saucy Banana Image credit: Global Graphica
Built between 1977-80 to house the radioactive debris from Bikini & surrounding Atolls, the 107m wide Cactus Dome is an historically significant reminder of man’s dark nuclear ambitions. We want to give it a new life as something to be celebrated, and consider ourselves lucky to have exclusive permission from the Marshallese government to use it as a canvas. So yeah, our canvas is 250,000 tons of radioactive debris: badass. Here’s a map. Desert Island. Secluded. Awesome.
image credits: nobu noguci & Google Earth