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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:00 AM to Friday, December 15, 2017 - 3:00 PM


William Eckhardt Research Center Lobby



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UChicago Arts


UChicago Arts presents an installation that will provide an intimate space to view video documenting both the creation of Chicago Pile-1 and the subsequent history of the nuclear era. Lantern Pile takes its roughly cubic form from the original pile, in which heavy wooden beams supported a dense structure of graphite bricks that made the inducement of sustained nuclear fission possible. In contrast, this installation will be an empty cube constructed of white paper and bamboo poles, lifted several inches above the lobby floor. Visitors will enter the Lantern Pile to view four different channels of video documentation, much of it newly discovered. The installation’s form and materials echo that of a Japanese paper lantern, and the video projected inside will be visible outside like a candle in a lantern, providing space for personal reflection on Fermi’s achievement and the ramifications of living in a nuclear age.

Presented by UChicago Arts. Curated by Laura Steward.