Historic Manhattan Project Glass Sculptural Specimen on Lighted Column
From an original reactor viewing window employed in the production of plutonium for the atomic bomb known as Fat Man, which was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945, this high-tech glass specimen is composed of a high percentage of lead oxide, 70%, producing its deep yellow color.
The sculpture-like piece emits an eerie yellow glow, evoking the material's atomic origin. Illumination from below is provided by a powerful white LED light taken from the wing of a US military aircraft. The piece is displayed atop a 450-pound hexagonal column made from native basalt from the Manhattan Project's Hanford Site location. Despite the material's provenance, the glass is not radioactive.
The original atomic viewing windows spanned 16 inches wide by 26 inches tall and weigh 800 pounds. They were used at the Manhattan Project's Hanford Site, located in Southeastern Washington. Subsequently purchased from the federal government by metal salvage operator Emory Stubblefield for its window casements, the glass passed through the hands of a collector and eventually to the present owner.
The Manhattan Project is known as the most ambitious weapons program in human history. Recognizing its historical significance and contemplating its continued influence on our world remain central to our understanding of the evolution of the human species and the dual nature - both destructive and creative - of human ingenuity.
Glass measures 13 x 9 x 7 1/2in
- Please note that this lot will be available for collection on Tuesday, June 5th.
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