Jim Sanborn: Atomic Time (book excerpt)


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).

Pure Science and Seduction

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

buy “Atomic Time” now at Amazon.com

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  1. I don’t leave a response, but I read a ton of responses on this page Jim Sanborn: Atomic Time (book excerpt) | kryptos.info network blog. I actually do have a couple of questions for you if it’s okay.
    Is it only me or does it look like a few of these responses come
    across like they are written by brain dead individuals?
    :-P And, if you are writing at additional social sites, I would like to follow anything fresh you have to post.
    Could you make a list of the complete urls of your social pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  2. the worlds too small for walls

  3. It takes quite a lot to solve k4. My old theory was wrong and I can easily admit that. But soon if I have done all my home work, and if luck is on my side. I may get lucky enough to have a working theory. The past is present, there is a start and finish. I have the books, I know the object, and who knows what will happen, I can see it.

  4. I have posted a step by step technique at the kryptos group. You have to join and go to their files section. Download a file called kryptosfinalrevised.doc. The final outcome as I have posted says IF A KEY TO KRYPTOS IS WHAT U SEK X IN THE CIA COURTYARD YOU WILL HAVE TO DIG X TO FIND A GOLD RING I HID.
    Sean Gursky

  5. Please have James Sanborn reply to me at s.gursky@yahoo.com. I belive if I am right that he used transposition and substitution in his k4 sequence. I believe that it says…IF A KEY TO KRYPTOS IS WHAT U SEK X YOU WILL HAVE TO DIG TO FIND A GOLD RING I HID.
    All I would like is someone who may know him to ask him and tell him my solution.


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