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Texas´s customs and beliefs



Creation Evidence Museum, Texas - Creationism

Creation Evidence Museum, Texas

We briefly visited the Creation Evidence Museum in Texas.

“Your contribution will help us continue to:
Provide a creation science message opposing the evolutionary theory.
Educate children about the scientific and Biblical principles of our earth, as opposed to the evolutionary theory that is taught in the public school system.
Lead efforts to introduce new and exciting evidences further proving God’s design.” ( from the museums webpage)

Hmmm…It is quite a charming museum with very friendly staff and it definitly will give you an extended view of all pseudoscientific branches of creationism including creation science, flood geology, intelligent design, as well as subsets of pseudoarchaeology, pseudohistory and even pseudolinguistics.

Well, don´t forget to click on Noah in the wonderful painting below.

Noah´s Arc with dinosaurus

Noah´s Arc with dinosaurus

Creation Model

Creation Model

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Globe of the Pre Flood World

God in Texas

God in Texas

Atomic Burger



Titan Missile. Burger joint and intercontinental nuclear missile, Georgia

Burger joint and intercontinental nuclear missile, Georgia

A mighty Titan missile next to the interstate  I-75 in Georgia.

The plaque reads:
The Rotary Club of Cordele initiated this project, a dream of its President, John S. Pate, Jr. The dream became reality when Confederate Air Force Pad No. I was christened July 17, 1969.

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Launch of Titan A3
Vintage silver gelatin print. 8×10 inch, 1959
IHDAP Strangelove Collection

 

Strangelove – Military Museum Displays



Strangelove is a long-running and still unfinished investigation into the meaning of weapons in peacetime. By examining their public manifestation P.W.Voigt exposes the emotions lying behind them. He shows us the devout silence of the museum, where weapons are sometimes relics of glorious victories and sometimes a protest against senseless destruction. Their meaning changes over time. The promise of destruction becomes the memory of the promise, the excitement makes way for sentiment and pathos.
Text: Wim Melis, Human Conditions Exhibition Catalogue. Noorderlicht

 

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Top Gun Club, National Naval Aviation Museum

This Darth Vader helmet was given to White Sands Missil Range by Ben Burtt of Lucas Films in appreciation for the assistance he received in collecting sounds for the studio’s sound library. He visited the range twice in 1978 to collect sounds of various missiles being test-fired, including a HAWK missil, a Lance and a Nike Tomahawk. He also recorded the sound of a sound wave traveling up and down a tight guy wire on a radio tower. Some of these sounds were used in the movie, Star Wars, for which Burtt won an Academy Award.

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Darth Vader, White Sands Missile Range

Life on earth touched by Trinity Test.
Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States Army on 5:29:45 AM July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project.The test was of an implosion-design plutonium device, of the same design as the Fat Man bomb later detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. The name “Trinity” was assigned by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, inspired by the metaphysical poet John Donne.

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Video presentation on missile monitor mount, White Sands Missile Range

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Hand grenade model, Armed Forces History Museum

Water Dispenser. National Naval Aviation Museum

Water Dispenser, National Naval Aviation Museum

Impartial Spectator



Follow us from the Westcoast to the Eastcoast with an analogue Mamiya 7 in the glove compartment.

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Nevada

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Las Vegas, Nevada

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New Mexico

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Mississippi

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Alabama

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Georgia

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Florida

Crusade



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24 meters tall cross. Erected 2008, Texas

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58 meters tall cross. Constructed 1995, Texas

Texas. 58 meters tall cross. Constructed 1995 - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

58 meters tall cross. Constructed 1995, Texas

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64 meters tall cross, Constructed 1966, Florida

New American Monuments



“People want leadership not only from the living but from the dead” claims Leslie George Katz in Lee Friedlander´s epochal “American Monuments”. We found significant proof to support his theory in Texas.

 

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Sam Houston

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Stephen Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Sam Houston

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Washington Monument. Mississippi

Project Gnome



Nuclear Test site, Project Gnome, New Mexico

Nuclear Test site, Project Gnome, New Mexico

 

In addition to our Strangelove Project, we collect vintage photographs of thermonuclear explosions, missiles and the social lunacy around them.

Project Gnome. Vintage Wire Photo American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Gnome Underground Cavity 
Vintage silver gelatin print. 8×10 inch
IHDAP Strangelove Collection

Therefore while traveling around the New Mexico area, we naturally had to visit the lovely Loving village and the nearby explosion site of the Gnome Project, one of our favorite atomic tests. Gnome was part of the Plowshare Program, which developed techniques to use nuclear explosives for peaceful construction purposes.

It was hoped that the “friendly atom” would aid in mining, widen the Panama canal, melt the polar ice caps or, in the case of Gnome, “vaporize salt deposits to study the possibility of converting the heat produced by a nuclear explosion into steam for the production of electric power.”

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Atomic Test Site, Project Gnome, New Mexico

The nuclear device was placed 361 meters underground at the end of a 340 meters tunnel that was supposed to self-seal upon detonation. It was detonated on 10 December 1961.
It worked, well partially. The thermonuclear blast produced steam. Some of it even escaped from the sealed shaft. Unfortunately and surprisingly, the released steam was radioactive.
The detonation created a cavity 20 meters wide and 50 meters high with a floor of melted rock and salt, which trapped most of the radiation.
Six months later, a new shaft was drilled to enter the Gnome Cavity. The temperature inside the cavity was still around 60 °C.
Inside, they found stalactites made of melted salt and walls covered in multiple shades of blue, green, and violet salt.

 

How we learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. An educational drive to the Gnome explosion site.

 

Alabama´s customs and beliefs



Alright, we have been to a lot of weird places, but this Alabama backwater oddity creeped us out. We found a handful of doll eyes on the ground under a sign which screamed in red letters:
NO NO NO NO NO WATER IN HELL HELL FIRE FIRE HOT HOT
And yes, we believed it.

 

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Alabama - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Alabama - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Alabama - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Alabama - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Alabama - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Alabama - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

Follow us even deeper into the south.

 

 

 

 

Strangelove – An Iconography of missiles



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Strangelove - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Strangelove - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

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Strangelove - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Strangelove - American Photographs - P.W.VOIGT PHOTOGRAPHY - INSTITUTE FOR THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

What are arms without war? In an intriguing exhibition Simon Norfolk, P.W. Voigt and Gabriel Jones each in their own way isolate tanks, aircraft and rockets from their raison d’etre. What meaning, what significance do they have when they fall into disuse? ‘Strangelove’, the contribution by P.W. Voigt, dissects the madness of armaments by looking at their public function in peace-time, from the flexing of muscles in parades through the devout silence of the museum. The emotional freight changes with time. The threat of a bloodbath becomes the memory of that fear, the excitement makes way for sentiment and pathos. What is left is the absurdity of war. Wim Melis War Machines – Noorderlich Festival, Groeningen

 

 


 

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