Pacific Fiction - Study for Monument

Installation view: Pacific Fiction - Study for Monument (found Bikinian coconuts in lead sarcophagi, steel-frame), First Light, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland, 2016



Pacific Fiction - Study for Monument is a sculpture that serves as a putative model for a future memorial. The work incorporates a pile of coconuts encased in lead. The piece symbolizes the traumatic embrace of this region by the atomic project on the Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands; the lead coating is suggestive of smothering – registering a profound colonial imposition. In addition to this, the sculpture reflects upon safety and hope: In physical terms, lead ‘contains’ the danger posed by the radiation present within the coconuts. The pyramid form, further, recalls a stockpile of cannonballs – this ‘fruit’ of atomic knowledge standing ready for deployment, for good or ill. But it also invokes a tomb, like the pyramids of Egypt, the deathly architecture of the bunkers on the shores of the Bikini Atoll, or the angular iron monoliths sleeping in the deep.

Installation view: Pacific Fiction - Study for Monument (found Bikinian coconuts in lead sarcophagi, steel-frame), First Light, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland, 2016

Installation view: Pacific Fiction - Study for Monument (found Bikinian coconuts in lead sarcophagi, steel-frame), First Light, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland, 2016