Patrick Nagatani

(Chicago, Illinois, 1945 - October 27, 2017)

Uranium Tailings, Anaconda Minerals Corporation, Laguna Pueblo Reservation

From the series "Nuclear Enchantment"


Ilfocolor print

20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61.0 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of George Stephanopoulos


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“If you’re on the right side of a Southwest Airlines 737 heading west and look out (if you’re not over the wing),” remarked Nagatani, “you see beautiful white deposits below that make a striking contrast with the grey brown landscape. I have to laugh to myself when I hear people around me admiring these ‘natural’ formations. They’re uranium tailings deposits, acres and acres of them. They’re all hot, they’re all radioactive.” The Laguna Pueblo reservation is believed to have been settled in 1699.

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