Nuclear Energy (Henry Moore sculpture)

Nuclear Energy (Henry Moore sculpture)

Infobox Sculpture

title = Nuclear Energy
artist = Henry Moore
year = 1967
type = Bronze
height = 427
inch = 168
city = city-state|Chicago|Illinois
museum = University of Chicago (outdoor)

"Nuclear Energy" is a bronze sculpture by Henry Moore that is located on the campus of the University of Chicago at the site of world's first nuclear reactor, Chicago Pile-1. It is on Ellis Avenue, between the Max Palevsky West dormitory and the Regenstein Library. This site is located in the Hyde Park community area of Chicago in city-state|Cook County|Illinois, United States. The location commemorates the exact location where the Manhattan Project team devised the first nuclear reactor to produce the first self-sustaining controlled nuclear reaction under the former stands of Stagg Field. It was erected for and dedicated at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the splitting of the atom on the grounds by Enrico Fermi in December 2, 1942. Thus, it was dedicated at precisely 3:36 p.m. on December 2, 1967.cite web|url=|title=Nuclear Energy|accessdate=2008-07-18|publisher=The University of Chicago Department of Physics] cite web|url=|title=The Role of Materials in My Geometric and Abstract Sculpture: A Memoir|accessdate=2008-07-17|date=Winter, 1982|author=Greene-Mercier, Marie Zoe|publisher=Jstor|work=Leonardo] cite web|url=!siartinventories&view=subscriptionsummary&uri=full=3100001~!296234~!75&ri=3&aspect=Browse&menu=search&ipp=20&spp=20&staffonly=&term=Moore,+Henry+Spencer,+1898-1986,+sculptor.&index=&uindex=&aspect=Browse&menu=search&ri=3|title=Nuclear Energy, (sculpture).|accessdate=2008-07-18|publisher=Smithsonian Institution] The site of the first nuclear reaction received designation as a National Historic Landmark in February 18, 1965 and was added to the newly created National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on October 15, 1966 as one of the original designated historic places. [cite web|url=|title=Site of the First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Reaction |accessdate=2008-07-17|publisher=National Parks Service] Chicago Pile-1 is one of four Chicago NRHPs on the original list.cite web|url=|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|accessdate=2008-07-18|work=National Register of Historic Places database download |publisher=National Park Service] The site was named a Chicago Landmark on October 27, 1971. [cite web|url=;jsessionid=L1HTcBF85WsbdWR58fFGQFc44K2Tvqsn6LxTV7jQbxM1Ymnl84FG!941869876?lanID=1383|title=Site of the First Self-Sustaining Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction|accessdate=2008-07-17|publisher=City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division] The sculpture is described as convert|14.0|ft|m|lk=on in height and convert|8|ft|m in diameter by the Smithsonian Institution, and it sits atop a base that is convert|1.5|ft|m in height and convert|10|ft|m in diameter. However, the University of Chicago says it is only convert|12|ft|m in height. The sculpture was commissioned by the B. F. Ferguson monument fund. The sculpture reminds some of the human skull, while it reminds others of an atomic mushroom cloud.

Notes and references

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Nuclear Energy (sculpture) — Nuclear Energy Artist Henry Moore Year 1967 Type Bronze Dimensions Divergent measurements exist; see text Location University of Chicago (outdoor), Chicago, Illinois …   Wikipedia

  • Nuclear energy — usually means the part of the energy of an atomic nucleus, which can be released by fusion or fission or radioactive decay. Nuclear energy also may refer to: Nuclear binding energy, the energy required to split a nucleus of an atom. Nuclear… …   Wikipedia

  • Henry Moore — fotografíado por Lothar Wolleh (c. 1970) …   Wikipedia Español

  • Man Enters the Cosmos — Man Enters the Cosmos …   Wikipedia

  • Chicago Pile-1 — Site of the First Self Sustaining Nuclear Reaction U.S. National Register of Historic Places U.S. National Historic Landmark …   Wikipedia

  • University of Chicago — University of Chicago …   Wikipedia

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in South Side Chicago — For places listed on the National Register in the rest of Chicago, see National Register of Historic Places listings in North Side Chicago, National Register of Historic Places listings in Central Chicago or National Register of Historic Places… …   Wikipedia

  • Stagg Field — Alonzo Stagg Field is the name of two different football fields for the University of Chicago. The earliest Stagg Field is probably best remembered for its role in a landmark scientific achievement by Enrico Fermi during the Manhattan Project.… …   Wikipedia

  • Metallurgical Laboratory — Henry Moore s Nuclear Energy on the site of the first self sustaining nuclear chain reaction. The Metallurgical Laboratory or Met Lab at the University of Chicago was part of the World War II–era Manhattan Project, created by the United States to …   Wikipedia

  • United States — a republic in the N Western Hemisphere comprising 48 conterminous states, the District of Columbia, and Alaska in North America, and Hawaii in the N Pacific. 267,954,767; conterminous United States, 3,022,387 sq. mi. (7,827,982 sq. km); with… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”