Page 38

as a matter of fact used in decorative Arts, to confer an orange tone to ceramic and glass. After having moved to Hanford, – where the core of USA nuclear industry is based and what’s more, site where the reactors that produced the Plutonium for the nuclear bombs dropped over Japan are built- he started studying nuclear substances and consulting experts, trying to figure out how to apply the nuclear process in sculpture. Through his researches, Acord was eager to find the way to enhance Art’s role as mean for the understanding of society.

James Acord, for instance; elderly yet elegant man, bizarre azure hair and penetrating gaze. His work has always been characterized by the search of a close relation with the actual world, using stone in the very same way in which bones and marrow operate in in living beings. In fact, at a certain point of his artistic maturation path, Acord decides to work with granite, tough

He ended up teaching History of Art to nuclear engineers, in order to make them acknowledge that art and science are parallel routes, both heading towards truth and compassion. He in the meanwhile realized that the actual secret of the nuclear era was the possibility to convert a substance into another: a dream that has accompanied men since Ancient Greece. Then was when his long and complex path for getting

and corrosive. In times of considerable urbanization and pollution, granite represented for Acord the ideal matter to communicate his ideas. The thing about granite that has always intrigued him is the fact that it does contain a high concentration of Uranium. Uranium is a rather radioactive as well as poisonous element. In order to make it safer, Acord began to insert it in his sculptures, after having derived it from ceramic dishes manufactured in the 1920s and ’30s. Before Second

nuclear matter and obtaining the permission to use a reactor for creating his sculptures began. Needless to say that he has had to face difficulties and refuses, even though at last he managed to legally own a ton of Uranium, being documenting all this adventure

World War and before USA nuclear industry researches, this element was

36

DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

Advertisement