Da Bomb(s)


Cocoon or coffin? The transformation inflicted on Nagasaki by the United States’ Fat Man in 1945 shuttered more than six years of war. In drastically different styles, artists Tom Sachs and Paul Fryer revived Fat Boy as personal sanctuary. For the minimalist, there is Fryer’s “Rehabilitation,” a wood and steel replica, complete with a bed, lamp and good read. Sach’s work, by contrast, recalls 2001: A Space Odyssey. His “Sony Outsider (Gajin),” is fashioned from plexiglass and tricked out with a bed, urinal, washbasin, TV/DVD player, and Dolby stereo. The idea that the bomb refreshes, or that only within the most daunting fortress is there a reliable sanctuary, are the ironies captured by both. Yet their coffin-like claustrophobia confirms the limitations of such thinking.

Julie Greicius was Art Editor for The Rumpus when it launched in January 2009. One year later, she became Senior Literary Editor, and later, Senior Features Editor. Julie also co-edited the first book published by The Rumpus, Rumpus Women, Vol. 1, featuring personal essays and illustration from twenty kick-ass contributors. Her writing been featured on The Rumpus, Midnight Breakfast, Stanford Medicine Magazine, and BuzzFeed, as well as in the anthology The 27th Mile. She lives in California and is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board. More from this author →