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See Nuclear Energy through Colorful Illustrations

December 03, 2015

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host “Art of the Reactor,” a special art exhibit, on display January 30 through April 24, 2016. Displayed on the walls of the Museum’s 1,500 square foot temporary exhibit hall will be 40 large, extremely high-quality, exploded schematics of nuclear reactor systems. With the goal to simplify the basic systems of a modern nuclear reactor, the brightly colored and easy to read illustrations allow even the most non-technical visitors an opportunity to better understand the inner workings of a reactor.

“Nuclear energy is very green – its carbon output is lower than most other energy sources - as it produces zero carbon emissions,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “We hope this very vibrant and visual art exhibit will help show the general public how important nuclear reactors are to clean energy.”

The Museum is hosting this art show with creativity, color and fun experiences in mind. Interactive and engaging opportunities will be available for visitors of all ages, as art stations will be set up for guests to draw and create their own reactor illustrations. Visitors will then be invited to have their artwork on display in the Museum for other visitors to enjoy.

“This exhibit will de-construct the parts and inner-most workings of a nuclear reactor via the colorful artwork, and the illustrations will show how the parts work and how they fit together,” said Walther. “After interacting with this exhibit, the public can form their own opinions and take action on issues such as energy security.”

Sponsors for “Art of the Reactor” include Albert I. Pierce Foundation, Micronet Solutions, Jerry Adams and Idaho National Laboratory. A free, members-only and VIP preview into this exhibit will take place 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Friday, January 29, and is open to the media.

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