Artist Evelyn Rosenberg invented a remarkable technique to make sculpture by forming metal with plastic explosives. After many months of experiments in the mid-1980s with an Israeli explosives engineer, she discovered how to refine this unique process to make large-scale, intricately designed works of art and named the new art form Detonography. Working in the New Mexico desert, near where the first atomic bomb was tested at the Trinity Site, she transforms powerful weapons of destruction into tools of creation.
In this book, the first to showcase her work, she describes the history and genesis of Detonography and explains from conception to installation how a piece of explosive art is made. Her method is documented step by step with the richly detailed photography of John Trotter, a personal history, and an essay by Gideon Sivan, the explosives expert whose technical work served as Rosenberg's original inspiration.
Evelyn Rosenberg's sculpture is on display in more than forty public locations throughout the world. Its distinctive beauty at the intersection of art and science represents two worlds that have shaped the culture of New Mexico, where the artist lives and works. She has received numerous awards for her contribution to the arts, including the prestigious New Mexico Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts. John Trotter has been a photographer for more than fifty years.