Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations

Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations 2012-2016

Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations

Ken and Julia Yonetani’s chandelier pieces are made of uranium glass, which is popular among collectors around the world. Each chandelier has a name of nations with nuclear power stations. The size is determined by the scale of the energy produced by each country. The collective started to work on this series as a response to Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. The beautiful yet ghostly light symbolizes the scientific discovery as well as the energy development. On the other hand, this scientific progress has caused various health and environmental issues. The artists raise a question of how we should confront those issues and untangle them. Hitachi city has its own history of environmental pollution at Hitachi Mine, and moreover it is adjacent to Tokai village where the first nuclear power plant was built in Japan. In such city, their work observes our past and future.

Art Information

Number

A-06

Title

Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations

Support

Australia Council for the Arts, Australia-Japan Foundation

Artist

Ken + Julia YONETANI

Photo: JOSH ROBENSTONE

Ken + Julia YONETANI Ken + Julia YONETANI

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