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Atomic Thunderbird

Atomic Thunderbird

Artist: Tony Price (1937 Brooklyn, New York - 2000 Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1994
Medium: cut and assembled stainless steel, bronze, plastic, fiberglass and mixed media
Dimensions:
57 x 31 x 7 in. (144.8 x 78.7 x 17.8 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1993 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1996.51.1
DescriptionFound Object Sculpture (stainless, bronze and plastic)
On view
Label Text:Artist and counter-culture icon Tony Price was only eight years old when the first atomic bomb was detonated in central New Mexico in 1945. This event had a profound effect on Price, and motivated him to educate and awaken the public to the immense global impact of the new technology of nuclear weapons and their devastating potential. In the 1960s Price began his series of Atomic Art, which consists of 144 sculptures in total, including Atomic Thunderbird. Price used salvaged objects from the nuclear weapons development programs of Los Alamos National labs to create humorous and insightful images of religious icons. These pieces aimed to transform the negative energy of nuclear bombs through the positive forces of spirituality, humor, and art.