Art Gallery

The Evolution of Silence

The Evolution of Silence addresses the scale of damage brought about by 41 years of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. The Web-based archive presents a non-linear map and interpretation of the area’s destruction, and an opportunity to explore this restricted desert landscape.

The project translates the official government data of nuclear testing into artistic, reflective experience and presents an imaging of a landscape symbolic of war’s aftermath and silence. In mapping the location of the 828 individual detonations that occurred in Yucca Flat alone, I focus on the 'before and after' states of transformation and on the visual traces and fragments that remain.

Rachele Riley