Wales

Wylfa nuclear reactor shutdown inspires art

Exhibit in the Power in the Land exhibition Image copyright Chris Oakley
Image caption Chris Oakley envisages the Wylfa site as a Fata Morgana, a complex form of mirage that is seen in a narrow band above the horizon

The closure and decommissioning of the last working Magnox nuclear reactor in the world has inspired an art exhibition.

The nuclear plant at Wylfa on Anglesey was shut down in December.

Over the two years leading up to the closure, the artist group X-10 has been creating responses to it in the form of video, photography, sound, sculpture and installation.

The exhibition, Power in the Land, has opened in Powys and will tour Wales.

Image copyright Alana Tyson
Image caption Alana Tyson's patchwork quilt interrogates the safety culture of nuclear power by juxtaposing the homespun textiles with the health and safety signs that dominate the inside of the power station
Image copyright Robin Tarbet
Image caption Robin Tarbet used silicone moulds to represent a retrospective survey of the landscape, which he then cast in concrete for the exhibition

Each artist has made an individual response to the physical and energetic presence of the power station, the future legacy for the Anglesey site and to the complex associations of nuclear power.

The artists were interested in looking at the site's physical, political and cultural contexts as well as surveying the actual landscape and its geographical situation.

Image copyright Annie Grove-White
Image caption Annie Grove-White, who grew up near the power station, has produced three video pieces

The exhibition will be at the Oriel Davies gallery in Newtown until 6 April, before moving to Aberystwyth Arts Centre between 14 May and 2 July, and ending at Bay Arts Cardiff in January 2017.

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