Mediated Sculpture, by James Cook

 

Little Boy Prayer Wheel

Aluminum drum, automotive paint, steel, electric motor, DVD player, DV projector, video recording, speakers

45″ × 52″ × 28″

The physical similarities of the first nuclear device dropped on the city of Hiroshima and the traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheel to ritually empower prayers are conflated. This co-mingling of opposing human impulses lives together as bomb becomes prayer wheel spinning to Tibetan chants, while the video images of nuclear plumes are bathed in pure water.

Main view of the sculpture
Detail view of the sculpture
Detail view of the sculpture