Lab 4 (Pagoda), 1995

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  • Art.IWM ART 16589
Art and Popular Design
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: charcoal
  • Support: Height 569 mm, Width 774 mm
  • Mount: Height 773 mm, Width 969 mm
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  • object category: drawing

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image: a view of a building shaped like a Japanese pagoda, sited on the top of a mound.


This is one of three drawings by Dennis Creffield depicting parts of Orford Ness, a large shingle spit on the Suffolk coast in Eastern England. This location was used for conducting secret military testing during the two world wars, including being used in the early experiments for radar. During the Cold War the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment used the site for 'environmental testing' of mechanisms of nuclear weapons. Buildings from this time remain on the site, including the distinctive-looking 'pagodas' depicted in Creffield's drawings. These were designed to absorb any accidental explosions, though it is maintained that no fissile material was tested on the site. As a site of internationally scarce vegetated shingle habitat, Orford Ness is now a designated National Nature Reserve, administered by the National Trust.


Dennes Creffield '95 (signed)

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