A Tidal Wave Two Miles High
A Tidal Wave Two Miles High

2018

41in x 60.5in

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

As part of a series of U.S. nuclear weapon tests known as Operation Crossroads in 1946, a 23-kiloton nuke called Baker was blasted 90 feet underwater at Bikini Atoll. The explosion caused a tidal wave that reached over 2 miles high. The test was aimed at a fleet of decommissioned naval vessels. Many of these ships were subsequently towed back to the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco and de-radiated by a process of sandblasting in the drydocks on site, creating the contamination that still exists today. Reference photo dated July, 1946, courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

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They Could See Their Bones
They Could See Their Bones

2018

9in x 12in

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American sailors shield their eyes during a nuclear test at Bikini Atoll. Many sailors spoke of being able to see their bones through their arms, the flash was so bright. Reference photo by Fritz Goro dated July, 1946.

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Neighborhood Still Life #9 (Black Bag)
Neighborhood Still Life #9 (Black Bag)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

44in x 33in

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Mayor “Sunny Jim” Rolph Wears a Bowler Cap
Mayor “Sunny Jim” Rolph Wears a Bowler Cap

2018

9in x 12in

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Naval Base Committee and Mayor Rolph inspect the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Reference photo dated Nov 16, 1920, courtesy of the Open SF History Project.

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It Was an Afternoon for the Books
It Was an Afternoon for the Books

2018

12in x 9in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Steve Matthews, of the U.S.S. Evans, sits in a field of floats used to support harbor defense nets at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Reference photo dated Dec 18, 1963, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Neighborhood Still Life #4 (Tires)
Neighborhood Still Life #4 (Tires)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

92in x 40in

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A Vacation We Never Forgot
A Vacation We Never Forgot

2018

9in x 12in

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A goat used as a test animal during Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll is tested for radiation exposure. Reference photo by Fritz Goro dated July, 1946.

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There Was Something Delicious in the Absurdity
There Was Something Delicious in the Absurdity

2018

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

21 Pieces, 8in x 12in ea

As part of a series of U.S. nuclear weapon tests known as Operation Crossroads in 1946, a 23-kiloton nuke called Baker was blasted 90 feet underwater at Bikini Atoll. The explosion caused a tidal wave that reached over 2 miles high. The test was aimed at a fleet of decommissioned naval vessels. Many of these ships were subsequently towed back to the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco and de-radiated by a process of sandblasting in the drydocks on site, creating the contamination that still exists today. Reference photo dated July, 1946, courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

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There Was Something Delicious In The Absurdity (Video)
Zealous Laborers Dangle
Zealous Laborers Dangle

2018

12in x 9in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Navy ship U.S.S. Pennsylvania in drydock at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard while zealous Naval workers industriously refitting the cladding. Reference photos by DPW Horace Chaffee dated circa 1919, courtesy of the Open SF History Project.

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Neighborhood Still Life #7 (Black Bag)
Neighborhood Still Life #7 (Black Bag)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

44in x 39in

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That Most Painful of All Diving Accidents
That Most Painful of All Diving Accidents

2018

12in x 9in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Sitting on a barge at a pier at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is a link to life for skin divers from all Northern California. It is a decompression chamber for treatment of divers who suffer that most painful of all diving accidents - the bends. It is the only continuously manned chamber in all Northern California. Its’ crewmen - most of them expert Navy divers - are on constant alert, and may not so much as go to town without leaving word of when they will be where. Reference photo dated January 30, 1965, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Neighborhood Still Life #6 (Black Bag)
Neighborhood Still Life #6 (Black Bag)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

44in x 37in

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Riotous Uproar at Red Hearing
Riotous Uproar at Red Hearing

2018

12in x 9in

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Every muscle tense, this demonstrator who participated in the riotous uproar at the Red hearing fights every inch of the way against being propelled down the marble steps of City Hall in the iron grip of two officers. Foot and knee are braced, but futile against the concerted clearing-out of the demonstrators. Reference photo by Bob Jones dated May 13, 1960, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Neighborhood Still Life #5 (Aluminum)
Neighborhood Still Life #5 (Aluminum)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

53in x 48in

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Neighborhood Still Life #8 (Black Bag)
Neighborhood Still Life #8 (Black Bag)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

44in x 43in

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An Industrious Premeditation
An Industrious Premeditation

2018

12in x 9in

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Workers at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard weld steel in one of several large construction bays. Reference photo dated May 24, 1944, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Black Beauty Sand
Black Beauty Sand

2018

9in x 12in

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A Navy workman at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard sandblasts radioactive paint off the side of submarine contaminated during the Baker nuclear test. After use the now-radioactive waste sand was black and glassy in appearance and was referred to as “black beauty sand” by the neighborhood children who would play in it. Reference photo by Fritz Goro dated July, 1946.

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Gulls Got a Bang Out of This!
Gulls Got a Bang Out of This!

2018

9in x 12in

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Gulls got a bang out of this—Sixty pounds of high explosives were detonated underwater at the Navy’s shock test center at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard Monday. The big bang inaugurated the Navy’s new West Coast Test facility. The explosives were set off 24 feet beneath the surface, sending a geyser of muck and water 100 feet into the air. Sea gulls, note bird at top of shower, were startled and left for calmer areas, but soon returned. Reference photo dated January 29, 1963, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Salute to Bikini
Salute to Bikini

2018

12in x 9in

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Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy, Mrs. Blandy and Rear Admiral F.J. Lowery at a reception with a cake resembling the mushroom shape cloud made by an atomic bomb explosion. The cake design was a celebration of Operation Crossroads, a United States program that tested nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands. The party was held in Washington, D.C.. Reference photo dated November 6, 1946.

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Mrs. Edward G. Cahill Christened the U.S.S. Gladwin
Mrs. Edward G. Cahill Christened the U.S.S. Gladwin

2018

9in x 12in

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Mrs. Edward G. Cahill christened the U.S.S. Gladwin, destined for service as a Navy Transport, at the South San Francisco shipyard of Western Pipe & Steel Co. yesterday afternoon. Her husband, San Francisco’s Manager of Utilities, was credited with an assist for throwing the switch to send the vessel down the ways. Reference photo dated April 28, 1944, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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A Tidal Wave Two Miles High
They Could See Their Bones
Neighborhood Still Life #9 (Black Bag)
Mayor “Sunny Jim” Rolph Wears a Bowler Cap
It Was an Afternoon for the Books
Neighborhood Still Life #4 (Tires)
A Vacation We Never Forgot
There Was Something Delicious in the Absurdity
There Was Something Delicious In The Absurdity (Video)
Zealous Laborers Dangle
Neighborhood Still Life #7 (Black Bag)
That Most Painful of All Diving Accidents
Neighborhood Still Life #6 (Black Bag)
Riotous Uproar at Red Hearing
Neighborhood Still Life #5 (Aluminum)
Neighborhood Still Life #8 (Black Bag)
An Industrious Premeditation
Black Beauty Sand
Gulls Got a Bang Out of This!
Salute to Bikini
Mrs. Edward G. Cahill Christened the U.S.S. Gladwin
A Tidal Wave Two Miles High

2018

41in x 60.5in

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

As part of a series of U.S. nuclear weapon tests known as Operation Crossroads in 1946, a 23-kiloton nuke called Baker was blasted 90 feet underwater at Bikini Atoll. The explosion caused a tidal wave that reached over 2 miles high. The test was aimed at a fleet of decommissioned naval vessels. Many of these ships were subsequently towed back to the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco and de-radiated by a process of sandblasting in the drydocks on site, creating the contamination that still exists today. Reference photo dated July, 1946, courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

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They Could See Their Bones

2018

9in x 12in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

American sailors shield their eyes during a nuclear test at Bikini Atoll. Many sailors spoke of being able to see their bones through their arms, the flash was so bright. Reference photo by Fritz Goro dated July, 1946.

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Neighborhood Still Life #9 (Black Bag)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

44in x 33in

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Mayor “Sunny Jim” Rolph Wears a Bowler Cap

2018

9in x 12in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Naval Base Committee and Mayor Rolph inspect the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Reference photo dated Nov 16, 1920, courtesy of the Open SF History Project.

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It Was an Afternoon for the Books

2018

12in x 9in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Steve Matthews, of the U.S.S. Evans, sits in a field of floats used to support harbor defense nets at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Reference photo dated Dec 18, 1963, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Neighborhood Still Life #4 (Tires)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

92in x 40in

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A Vacation We Never Forgot

2018

9in x 12in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

A goat used as a test animal during Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll is tested for radiation exposure. Reference photo by Fritz Goro dated July, 1946.

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There Was Something Delicious in the Absurdity

2018

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

21 Pieces, 8in x 12in ea

As part of a series of U.S. nuclear weapon tests known as Operation Crossroads in 1946, a 23-kiloton nuke called Baker was blasted 90 feet underwater at Bikini Atoll. The explosion caused a tidal wave that reached over 2 miles high. The test was aimed at a fleet of decommissioned naval vessels. Many of these ships were subsequently towed back to the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco and de-radiated by a process of sandblasting in the drydocks on site, creating the contamination that still exists today. Reference photo dated July, 1946, courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

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There Was Something Delicious In The Absurdity (Video)
Zealous Laborers Dangle

2018

12in x 9in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Navy ship U.S.S. Pennsylvania in drydock at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard while zealous Naval workers industriously refitting the cladding. Reference photos by DPW Horace Chaffee dated circa 1919, courtesy of the Open SF History Project.

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Neighborhood Still Life #7 (Black Bag)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

44in x 39in

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That Most Painful of All Diving Accidents

2018

12in x 9in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Sitting on a barge at a pier at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is a link to life for skin divers from all Northern California. It is a decompression chamber for treatment of divers who suffer that most painful of all diving accidents - the bends. It is the only continuously manned chamber in all Northern California. Its’ crewmen - most of them expert Navy divers - are on constant alert, and may not so much as go to town without leaving word of when they will be where. Reference photo dated January 30, 1965, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Neighborhood Still Life #6 (Black Bag)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

44in x 37in

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Riotous Uproar at Red Hearing

2018

12in x 9in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Every muscle tense, this demonstrator who participated in the riotous uproar at the Red hearing fights every inch of the way against being propelled down the marble steps of City Hall in the iron grip of two officers. Foot and knee are braced, but futile against the concerted clearing-out of the demonstrators. Reference photo by Bob Jones dated May 13, 1960, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Neighborhood Still Life #5 (Aluminum)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

53in x 48in

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Neighborhood Still Life #8 (Black Bag)

2018

Charcoal & Graphite on Paper

44in x 43in

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An Industrious Premeditation

2018

12in x 9in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Workers at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard weld steel in one of several large construction bays. Reference photo dated May 24, 1944, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Black Beauty Sand

2018

9in x 12in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

A Navy workman at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard sandblasts radioactive paint off the side of submarine contaminated during the Baker nuclear test. After use the now-radioactive waste sand was black and glassy in appearance and was referred to as “black beauty sand” by the neighborhood children who would play in it. Reference photo by Fritz Goro dated July, 1946.

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Gulls Got a Bang Out of This!

2018

9in x 12in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Gulls got a bang out of this—Sixty pounds of high explosives were detonated underwater at the Navy’s shock test center at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard Monday. The big bang inaugurated the Navy’s new West Coast Test facility. The explosives were set off 24 feet beneath the surface, sending a geyser of muck and water 100 feet into the air. Sea gulls, note bird at top of shower, were startled and left for calmer areas, but soon returned. Reference photo dated January 29, 1963, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Salute to Bikini

2018

12in x 9in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy, Mrs. Blandy and Rear Admiral F.J. Lowery at a reception with a cake resembling the mushroom shape cloud made by an atomic bomb explosion. The cake design was a celebration of Operation Crossroads, a United States program that tested nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands. The party was held in Washington, D.C.. Reference photo dated November 6, 1946.

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Mrs. Edward G. Cahill Christened the U.S.S. Gladwin

2018

9in x 12in

Charcoal, Graphite & Ink on Paper

Mrs. Edward G. Cahill christened the U.S.S. Gladwin, destined for service as a Navy Transport, at the South San Francisco shipyard of Western Pipe & Steel Co. yesterday afternoon. Her husband, San Francisco’s Manager of Utilities, was credited with an assist for throwing the switch to send the vessel down the ways. Reference photo dated April 28, 1944, courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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