August 6, 1945 (Hyde Park)

Matthew Day Jackson’s large-scale work which renders London’s Hyde Park after a nuclear explosion belongs to his monumental August 6, 1945  series. The title references the day that changed the world forever; the dropping of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Like many of Jackson’s works, the assemblage of scorched wood and lead seen here, addresses the weaponization of technology as well as the contradictory fruits of human progress.
As the artist states: “History suggests that the dropping of the atomic bomb was a singular event that has a boundary. My idea is that the use of nuclear weapons doesn’t have a boundary. It brought a moral wound to the entire globe. It was a sort of suicide whose act we live, perpetually reminded of the possibility of it happening again. This possibility lies directly beneath our feet.”

Matthew Day Jackson
August 6, 1945 (Hyde Park)
Scorched wood and lead on panel, stainless steel frame
146.4 x 207 cm | 57 5/8 x 81 1/2 in