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Monday, September 18, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018


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UChicago Arts


As part of the 75th anniversary of Chicago Pile-1 (the site of the first man-made, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction), UChicago Arts and California-based firm Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects (OPA) present a temporary architectural installation at the location of the original pile, marked for the last fifty years by Henry Moore's Nuclear Energy sculpture. Based on computational modeling of unstable processes, the installation creates a material threshold around Nuclear Energy that resonates at radically different scales. It invites visitors to interact physically with the shape and patterns of criticality that drove the experiment, provoking deep questions about the scientific, historical, and existential thresholds CP-1 crossed. Installation opens during the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Presented by UChicago Arts. Nuclear Thresholds is made possible by the University's Public Art Committee.

Location: Outdoors, ~5265 S Ellis Ave (north of Mansueto Library)