1986, Kiev, Ukraine.

Reactor No/4 Publication Cover

Mixed media, A5.

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Liquidators wash the radioactive dust off the streets using a product called “bourda”, meaning molasses

Liquidators wash the radioactive dust off the streets using a product called “bourda”, meaning molasses

The Liquidators.

Mixed media on paper - A5

'It's Hot' - Lieutenant Volodymyr Pravik

“We arrived there at 10 or 15 minutes to two in the morning…. We saw graphite scattered about. Misha asked: “Is that graphite?” I kicked it away. But one of the fighters on the other truck picked it up. “It’s hot,” he said. The pieces of graphite were of different sizes, some big, some small, enough to pick them up…”

“We didn’t know much about radiation. Even those who worked there had no idea. There was no water left in the trucks. Misha filled a cistern and we aimed the water at the top. Then those boys who died went up to the roof – Vashchik, Kolya and others, and Volodya Pravik…. They went up the ladder … and I never saw them again.” - Grigorii Khmel, the driver of one of the fire engines.

Radiation Exposure

Acrylic on paper - A1

However, Anatoli Zakharov, a fireman stationed in Chernobyl since 1980, offers a different description:

I remember joking to the others, “There must be an incredible amount of radiation here. We’ll be lucky if we’re all still alive in the morning.”

Twenty years after the disaster, he said the firefighters from the Fire Station No. 2 were aware of the risks

Aerial view of Reactor Four

Aerial view of Reactor Four

Radiation Poisoning

Microsieverts, one millionth of a sievert and abbreviated as uSv (1,000,000uSv = 1Sv)

Acrylic/drawing on paper - A1

Valery Legasov

documentary

Valery Legasov, one of the Soviet Union's highly acclaimed scientists, headed the scientific group involved in the clear-up of the Chernobyl blast in 1986. He threw himself into finding what caused the disaster. He met a lot of difficulties in his path, which broke him: in 1988 he committed suicide.

Watch here.

Acrylic/drawing - A1

Battle of Chernobyl, Mixed Media - A5

Chernobyl Secrets 

1986-1988

Acrylic/drawing on paper - A1

Unit 4

sketchbook pages

Unit 4 Sketchbook pages, Mixed media - A5

Chernobyl Victims, Mixed media on paper - 22cm x 10cm

Helicopters dropped sand, lead, clay, and neutron absorbing boron

Helicopters dropped sand, lead, clay, and neutron absorbing boron

Story Boarding

“The odds of a meltdown are one in 10,000 years. The plants have safe and reliable controls that are protected from any breakdown with three safety systems.”

Mixed media on paper - 15cm x 11.5cm

Aftermath of the 1991 turbine hall fire

Mixed media on paper - 15cm x 11.5cm

Radiation Exposure

'The effects of radiation exposure fall into two main classes: deterministic effects, where the effect is certain to occur under given conditions (e.g. individuals exposed to several grays over a short period of time will definitely suffer Acute Radiation Syndrome); and stochastic effects, where the effect may or may not occur (e.g. an increase in radiation exposure may or may not induce a cancer in a particular individual but if a sufficiently large population receive a radiation exposure above a certain level, an increase in the incidence of cancer may become detectable in that population).' Unscear, 2011.

site and plant/environmental and health impacts/unit 4 containment/chernobyl today/fuel and waste/resettlement of contaminated areas

Pripyat, 1986.

Sketchbook drawings/collage - A5

The population of Pripyat are evacuated. Picture - Igor Kostin

The population of Pripyat are evacuated. Picture - Igor Kostin

Surviving Disaster, a BBC drama/documentary based on the catrastrophic nuclear disaster that was Chernobyl. Watch here.