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  HIKARI   David Favrod_HIKARI_Jaune : strontium 90, rouge : plutonium 239, violet : césium 137  
     
David Favrod_HIKARI_Jaune : strontium 90, rouge : plutonium 239, violet : césium 137
       
      Jaune : strontium 90, rouge : plutonium 239, violet : césium 137, 2014
      (Yellow : Strontium 90, red : plutonium 239, purple : cesium 137)
      archival pigment print / oak frame
      signed, dated and numbered verso
      image size : 137,5 x 175 cm
      paper size : 146 x 183,5 cm
      edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs
       
       
      Inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Dreams — Mount Fuji in red.
      A large nuclear power plant near the Mount Fuji has begun to melt down; its six reactors explode one by one.
      The breaches fill the sky with hellish red fumes. After an unspecified amount of time, two men, a woman
      and her two small children are seen alone, left behind on land in broad daylight. The older man explains to
      the younger man that the rest have drowned themselves in the ocean. He then says that the several colours
      of the clouds billowing across the post-apocalyptic landscape signify different radioactive isotopes; according
      to him, red signifies plutonium 239, a tenth of a microgram of which is enough to cause cancer. He elaborates
      on how other released isotopes cause leukemia (strontium 90) and birth defects (cesium 137) before wondering
      at the foolish futility of colour-coding radioactive gases of such lethality.