MEMORIAL OVER GENERAL ATOMICS // USA, 2012, Aerial Sculpture
Developed with support from the gallery at CALIT2 at the University of California, San Diego
MEMORIAL OVER GENERAL ATOMICS is an aerial sculpture. Its object of inspiration is the beguiling military drone, or ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.’
The materials that constitute the sculpture are multiple, some of them often found in drones: aluminum, acrylic, a GPS locator. However, the unusual primary material used is more often found down below military drones, as an aftershock of their presence: human bones.
MEMORIAL OVER GENERAL ATOMICS uses human radial bones, found in the arms of every person, as ‘the arms’ of the flying machine. The memorial completes a troubling circuit, becoming a drone re-embodied, a machine made of the aftermath of life.
The below video is a document of the first flight of MEMORIAL OVER GENERAL ATOMICS, into airspace over General Atomics, based in San Diego, California, which manufactures some of the killer drones that are being deployed around the world.