16, 1945 at 05:29:45 local time (Mountain War Time),
a team of scientists reached the culmination of the Manhattan
Project, the first test of a nuclear weapon. The event was
On July 16, 2005 at 05:29:45
local time we will commemorate the 60-year anniversary of
Trinity by simulating the look and feel of the detonation
of a nuclear device. To do this, we are building what is
possibly the world's largest flame creating machine.
In the 60 years since that world-changing
moment that was the Trinity detonation, the Bomb has permeated
the collective consciousness, shaped generations, economies,
and nations, and within the last decade almost completely
disappeared. Children today barely know the fears of the
Through careful pre-simulation staging and
close proximity to the simulation itself, we will create
a somber memorial, a reminder to modern society of the grim
destructive power that looms over everyday life. The fireball
we are creating is a symbol - an awakening call to the persistent
threat of nuclear destruction. This simulation is not a
celebration, nor a glorification of big fire, or of the
destructive power of nuclear weapons.
The Simnuke Project seeks
to illustrate the needless threat of such limitless, destructive
energy in the hope that no one will ever again experience
the devastation of the real thing.
A gallery show
in San Francisco will accompany this event
in the desert, allowing artists working in a variety
of mediums to delve into the implications of atomic weapons
that have pervaded our lives for the last 60 years. Additionally,
we will plant 60 trees as a lasting
and healing memorial grove.