Project Description

Two colourful wall tapestry wall hangings with mainly blue and red geometric patterns.

Yelena Popova

Keepsafe I & II (2019-2020)

Jacquard woven tapestry

Based on an expedition to a selection of decommissioned British nuclear power plants to find a Scholar Stone for contemplation, a material object with a relation to deep time and geology. Are these sites, now closed and decommissioned, becoming part of an industrial/nuclear heritage in the UK?

The central image of each tapestry refers to the graphite cores of the first generation of Magnox reactors and the later advanced gas-cooled reactors. A spiral pattern borrowed from a Neolithic stone carving represents the surrounding waterscape.