Kate Williams

Artist in Residence

Kate has collaborated with John Lloyd in creating a series of uranium glass sculptures of Nuclear Power Stations.  These sculptures are of actual and fictional nuclear power stations: Doel in Belgium, Sizewell in Suffolk, Dounreay in Caithness, Scotland, and Homer Simpson’s Springfield in the U.S.A.

They are lost wax, kiln cast using uranium glass. Lit from underneath with ultraviolet light, which excites the particles of uranium dioxide; they emit a bright acid lime green colour. The use of uranium has been used as a safe colorant in glass since the mid-19th Century. Here it suggests the vitrification of nuclear waste as a way of dealing with the nuclear legacy. They address the death of the excitement for the post war nuclear dream and the consequent de-commissioning of these buildings and the current debate on recommissioning and renewables.

 


Pieces


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