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(September 21–25, 2005)

Victor Zaveduk

"Nuclear Energy" • Sculpture by Henry Moore.

Site of the first controlled nuclear chain reaction, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

September 21, 2005 • 12:45 CDT (17:45 UTC)

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"Nuclear Energy", a 12-foot tall bronze sculpture by the British abstract artist Henry Moore (1898-1986), was unveiled at 3:36 p.m. on December 2, 1967, precisely a quarter-century after scientists at the University of Chicago achieved the first controlled self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, thereby initiating the atomic age. The sculpture stands on the site of the University's old Stagg Field, where the experiment took place under the leadership of Enrico Fermi.

To some, it suggests the shape of the human skull or the atomic mushroom cloud. Henry Moore told a friend, however, that he hoped those viewing it would "go around it, looking out through the open spaces, and that they may have a feeling of being in a cathedral."
This panorama was composed from a total of 28 images, taken with a Minolta A2 camera equipped with a Minolta ACW-100 20mm wide-angle lens, and mounted on a Nodal-Ninja SPH-1 spherical bracket. The images were stitched using PanoTools and PTGui (version 5), postprocessed with Photoshop CS, and compiled into MOV format using Pano2QTVR.

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