hydrodome (phase 1: Hanford Reach)


hydrodome (phase 1: Hanford Reach) | 2015 | wood, fabric, hardware, digital media | 90" x 194" x 96"

This is a segment of a full twenty (20) foot diameter geodesic dome conceived and constructed to act as a projection screen for digital video and analogue devices that project light through moving water. The video footage was collected at various points along the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River. The Hanford Reach is the only “wild” running portion of the Columbia River in the United States and is a natural border to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The area where Hanford stands was once the home to a small ferry-based community called White Bluffs. Commandeered by the United States government, the Hanford site became infamous as the place where plutonium was first enriched for use in nuclear weapons, including the bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945. Estimates hold that over 53 million gallons of liquid high-level radioactive waste and 25 million cubic feet of solid radioactive waste remain on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Hanford is currently ranked the third most polluted nuclear waste site in the world. Only the disaster sites of Chernobyl and Fukushima rank higher. This project was funded in part by a 2013 Grant for Artist Project (GAP) from Artist Trust (Seattle, Washington).

hydrodome in motion

Video footage is projected onto sections of a geodesic dome.


Visitors can enter step behind the section of dome to be immersed in a world of fluid light.

hydrodome (phase 1: Hanford Reach)

Digital video footage of light dancing across water at the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River (Washington) is projected onto panels of a geodesic dome.

hydrodome - behind the scrim

The digital light is caught by the skin of the dome panels, but continues through to the gallery walls and floor.

hydrodome- inside

The geometry of the space and dome design interacts with the organic wave patterns and textures.