"Hyde Park I: Nuclear Energy" Hyde Park/Washington Park Tip by sambarnett

Hyde Park/Washington Park, Chicago: 14 reviews and 32 photos


   December 2, 1942, 3:53 in the afternoon, the first controlled release of nuclear energy took place, making Chicago the birthplace of the bomb. The release was supposed to take place at a reactor in a forest preserve some 20 miles away, but a labor strike and impatient scientists (seemingly with little regard for public safety) forced the experiment site to a squash court underneath an abandoned football stadium.

   Nuclear Energy, designed in 1967 by Henry Moore marks the exact location of the reaction. Walk around the bronze sculpture, the eyes of the skull/mushroom cloud seem to follow you. A provocative, chilling momument to an ever-looming threat.

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  • Written Nov 2, 2002
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