Chris Burden

The Reason for the Neutron Bomb
April 28 – May 26, 1979

Downtown Gallery

Installation view


The Reason for the Neutron Bomb,
1979
(detail)
total area: 514 square feet (30 feet 8 inches x 17
feet 6 inches)
50,000 nickels, 50,000 matchsticks, 3/4 inches
in length

The Reason for the Neutron Bomb, 1979
(detail)
total area: 514 square feet (30 feet 8 inches x 17
feet 6 inches)
50,000 nickels, 50,000 matchsticks, 3/4 inches
in length

The Reason for the Neutron Bomb
, 1979
(detail)
total area: 514 square feet (30 feet 8 inches x 17
feet 6 inches)
50,000 nickels, 50,000 matchsticks, 3/4 inches
in length

Click here for a PDF version of the following
Press Release.
For Immediate Release

CHRIS BURDEN

The Reason for the Neutron Bomb

April 28 - May 26, 1979

This exhibition was held at the gallery of Ronald Feldman Fine arts at 420 West Broadway on the 5th floor.

Behind the iron curtain, along the border between western and eastern Europe, the Soviet Union maintains an army of 50,000 highly sophisticated tanks. The United States possesses only 10,000 tanks, and the combined tank fleet of all Western European nations, including the NATO forces, is estimated to be no more than 20,000 tanks. The Western European forces are outnumbered by more than two to one. This numerical imbalance is the reason given by our military for the existence of the neutron bomb.

Chris Burden's Installation THE REASON FOR THE NEUTRON BOMB, will be a miniature tank for tank reconstruction of the enormous 50,000-strong Soviet tank force.

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