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Mountain Spirits Dancing with Nuclear Rods

Mountain Spirits Dancing with Nuclear Rods

Artist: Luís Jiménez (1940 El Paso Texas - 2006 Hondo, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1974
Medium: lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 48 x 32 in. (121.9 x 81.3 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1997 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1999.34.1
Not on view
Label Text:
Luis Jiménez was not bashful about expressing his political beliefs through his art. The bones and the figures holding nuclear rods in Jiménez’s print are the personification of mountain spirits. They allude to Jiménez’s feelings about the interrelationships between nuclear energy, nature, and death.

Nuclear rods composed of uranium or plutonium fuel nuclear power plants. By undergoing fission reactions, they release a lot of energy in the form of heat, which creates steam that powers electric turbines. When the fissionable material in the rod is used up, they are removed and remain radioactive for a number of years.