Materials: Custom light fixtures, Geiger counters
A light installation with sound composed of 92 light elements, each representing an electron in the Uranium atom. Every light is connected to its own Geiger counter, making them responsive to ambient radioactivity. Light is emitted in a brief flash, along with an audible click, when radioactivity is detected.
This installation was inspired by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011, when the plant was flooded by a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The resulting meltdown in three of the plant's six nuclear reactors releasing substantial amounts of radioactive material into the environment. It is the largest nuclear incident since the Chernobyl disaster in April 1986.
Stearns work quietly, subtly, engages the memory of nuclear catastrophe, while maintaining a haunting, even contemplative, environment.
Installed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo New York. On View December 13, 2014 through April 12, 2015.