Maarten Vanden Eynde

Trinity Test

Thinner print on lead, 66 x 100 cm.
Metal table and wooden frames, 330 x 160 x 100 cm

The first atomic bomb was detonated on a site called Trinity, near Alamagordo, New Mexico (US) on July 16th, 1945 as part of the Manhattan project to develop a new weapon with unprecedented power. Trinity Test is an areal view of the site after the explosion. The black and white image is transferred on a slab of lead, the final stage of all uranium. The half-life with which uranium decays to form lead is 4.46 billion years, making uranium–lead (U–Pb) dating one of the most refined and precise methods for radiometric dating. Trinity Test is a triptych dealing with the subjectivity of history and memory, visualizing the inherent different accounts of this world-changing event.