1200°C = The temperature at which radioactive waste is converted into impermeable, stable glass
The Glass pavilion is pleased to host selected works by the multidisciplinary artist Etsuko Ichikawa, which highlight the essential role of glass in contemporary life. An ancient and modern material, glass continues to offer new ways of working with it and thinking through it. At present, glass is emerging as a powerful means of providing sustainable solutions to environmental pollution resulting from human activity.
Ever since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in 2011, Ichikawa has sought to raise public awareness of the dangers and destructive environmental effects of nuclear energy through her art and social activism. The videos and installation of uranium glass orbs in the projection room belong to a body of work created in response to this disaster. In these works, Ichikawa infuses lyrical qualities into the tragic consequences of this disaster, whose impact will continue for years to come. The title of this series, “VITRIFIED,” references a technology developed in 1980, which stabilizes hazardous radioactive waste by mixing it with glass-forming ingredients. For Ichikawa, this process embodies the unique properties of glass as both a medium for artistic expression and vessel of hope and healing.