fukushima

In remembrance of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima in March 2011, the patterns of the reactor blocks of the Daiichi nuclear power plant were projected onto the facade of the Leopoldmuseum in Vienna. In addition to symbolizing the far-reaching global impact of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, the deliberate selection of the projection subject for the intervention drew attention to the trivialization of the disaster and its consequences by the power plant operators and the Japanese government. The deceptively playful patterns decorating the facades of the Daiichi reactor blocks were transferred to this public location as a symbol of the act of trivialization. The facade projection was also indicative of the global downplaying the dangers of nuclear energy by power plant advocates. It was not until the catastrophe at Fukushima that this pattern started to be visible in the media. During the runtime of projection, a short time after the catastrophe, only a few visitors associated the pattern with Fukushima. 

 

The symbolism of the Daiichi pattern and the reason why it was used are still unknown. But the comparison with the geographic shapes of Japans 47 prefectures let suppose that there could be a graphical analogy  to the Daiichi pattern. The vectorisation of the shapes shows a identifiable conformity to some pattern particles from the reactors. The distortion, mirroring and upstream compression of this shapes could been the grafical base oft the Daiichi pattern structure.   


The reactor blocks at Daiichi power plant prior to its destruction on March 11, 2011.

 

The shapes of Japans 47 prefectures.