TRINITY LAND ART INSTITUTE
Socorro, New Mexico | 2009
Trinity Land Art Institute is a sculpturel intervention or a wooden, shed that was built on the land facing up to the Trinity site in New Mexico, where the US tested the world’s first nuclear bomb in 1945, less than three weeks before bombing Japan.
The shed includes the site in the mythology surrounding Land Art and suggests that the site might be considered as a work of Land Art in itself.
Humanity finally lost its innocence in the New Mexico desert, 16 July 1945, when it detonated the first atomic bomb, as the culmination of Manhattan Project under the leadership of Robert Oppenheimer. This explosion was called Trinity. What Oppenheimer then considered as a “technically sweet problem“ turned out just three weeks later to be a disastrous invention when the Americans bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with “LittleBoy “and” Fat Man“.
The Trinity explosion contributes to the landscapes unique mythology, just like Land Art does, and before them pioneers and Indians.
New Mexico desert is a fascinating focal point for knowledge about the universe’s composition in the atomic level, the Indians’ narratives about the landscape spiritual dimensions and modern art exploration of its own borders.
• Watch the building of Trinity Land Art Institute (20 min) | HERE
• Watch the historic footage of the Trinity atomic test 1945 (12 min) | HERE
• Read Jacob Lillemose text about the project | HERE