The concept for this piece arose from a 1950s magazine ad for a DIY fallout shelter kit during the cold war. It features a hand-enameled atomic bomb resting above an etched family sheltering underground. The artwork for the family and back of the piece were taken from the vintage ad; the inscription on the back, which was the headline for the ad, reads, "Act Now! Let us explain to you this perfectly reasonable approach to fallout protection."
Enamel, sterling silver, torch fired, etched.
This piece is part of my Tiny Catastrophes series, a collection of limited edition, one-of-a-kind memento mori pieces that explore the fragility of life and our desire to prevent, explain, and control the uncontrollable.