These works are part of series titled “Japan Tribute Papers”, which have symbols of various radioactive elements that have been found in the air, soil, water and food products in the areas surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facilities and as far away as San Francisco. The sheets have images of tea leaves, rice and seaweed and element symbols for radioactive plutonium, strontium, tellerium and cesium. Cesium has a half-life of over 30 years and was the largest amount of any individual chemical released from the reactors after the meltdowns. The images and symbols on the papers are colored with luminescent pigments that will glow in the dark for up to 12 hours after being in daylight for a few minutes.
Susan Mackin Dolan