Weapons Lab Conversion Proposal

June 2005

Steve Lambert Weapons Lab Conversion Proposal photo

screenprint on paper
40in x 28in

Lawrence Livermore Conversion Plans gave people a chance to re-envision the purpose of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, a nuclear weapons lab in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Note: I slip up a couple times in this video and say 1.6 million when I mean 1.6 BILLION. The annual budget for the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in 2005 was 1,600,000,000 dollars per year.

The Map

I drew maps of the Lab by acquiring aerial photos from California Spatial Information Library. Using the photos, I created a drawing and silkscreens to print a 3 color map of the lab.

The prints were distributed by myself and 21 Grand to the general public, activists from Tri-Valley Cares, artists, attorneys, organizers, authors, and others. Additional prints were set up on tables at the show for visitors to draw their vision of how to use the Lab’s land and budget resources in a post-disarmament future.

The Timeline

Above the proposals was a hand-drawn, 38 foot long time history of nuclear activity spanning from the year 1929 to 2020, the future events charting one possible, utopian path to world nuclear disarmament. You can view a typed version in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2 and photographs below.

The Opening

The opening was held on the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, and the eve of the Seeds of Change Rally and march to the Lab, sponsored by Tri-Valley Cares.

Attendees were invited to draw what they would like to see the facility and 1.6 billion dollars annually used for once the national nuclear weapons stockpile has been disarmed. Their plans were then placed on the wall.

Opening reception was on Friday August 5th 2005, 7pm-10pm. Steve Lambert and Justin Artifice at 21 Grand’s new space, 416 25th St. in Oakland. The show was up from July 22nd 2005 through Sunday August 14th 2005.

Some Examples

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