An excerpt from Jim Sanborn’s book Atomic Time: Pure Science and Seduction has been referenced in the kryptos.info network: Atomic Time by Jim Sanborn: Kryptos Sculpture.
The excerpt, also found at math.ucsd.edu, is a discussion between the book’s contributor, Milena Kalinovska and its author about some of the research that went into the design of Kryptos, the CIA Sculpture in Langley, VA. This book can be purchased through Amazon (ISBN: 978-0886750725).
Amazon.com description: In Atomic Time, sculptor, photographer, and conceptual artist Jim Sanborn has combined his longstanding interests in invisible natural forces and secrecy, pairing together two separate but related projects: a series of photographs called Atomic Time and images of his latest work, the room-sized installation Critical Assembly. Inspired by the Manhattan Project, the first nuclear weapons program at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Critical Assembly is a representation of what was once a secret site of government-sponsored research. The installation includes actual examples of electronic instruments, hardware, furniture, tools, and materials from the Los Alamos Laboratory of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, which Sanborn acquired from retirees living in New Mexico who worked on the Project. The photographs in the Atomic Series are distinguished by an intense cobalt blue-like color, similar to the true color of radioactivity. Half of the series is of abstract images made by exposing sheet film to actual pieces of uranium ore; the other represents an assortment of radium-dial alarm clocks made between 1920 and 1950, acquired from regions around the Trinity Site in New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb exploded.
Edited by Jonathan P. Binstock.~Essays by Milena Kalinovska, Barbara London and Howard Morland ~Foreword by Jacquelyn Days Serwer.
Hardcover, 10.25 x 11.75 in./96 pgs / 53 color and 5 b & w.
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Corcoran Gallery of Art (January 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0886750725
- ISBN-13: 978-0886750725
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches