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Patrick Nagatani

Nike-Hercules Missile Monument, St. Augustine Pass

From the series "Nuclear Enchantment"

(Chicago, 1945 - October 27, 2017)

1989

Ilfocolor print

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of George Stephanopoulos

2008.144

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The White Sands Missile Range was the birthplace of America’s space and missile programs. Overlooking the range, on Highway 70, stands the Nike/Hercules monument. Designed to carry a nuclear warhead, the Nike-Hercules missile was the first “ground-to-air anti-aircraft” weapon. In this photograph, Nagatani stages a group of Japanese tourists visiting the site, many holding miniature versions of the missile.

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