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Art & Design Degree Show 2021

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Tommy Caine
Onkalo Museum
Tommy Caine
Onkalo Museum

In 2023, Europe‚Äôs largest spent uranium storage facility will start being backfilled 500m below the earth in Finland. It’s called Onkalo which translates to ‘the hiding place’.

The initial brief for this project was to create a warning to deter future visitors (human or otherwise) from complete planetary failure. Tommy Caine researched various offerings from scientific groups to tackle this issue, including 10ft high spikes in the ground and concrete blocks inscribed with narratives of a demon living below the surface. Despite this, Caine believes human nature would still venture fourth, no matter how scary the landscape. Caine flips the script: and invites visitors from around the world to see the ultimate dark tourist destination – the Onkalo Museum and gift shop.

cut vinyl called wayfinding
Wayfinding
Cut vinyl applied to a white wall
Cut and engraved acrylic placemats
Placemats
Cut and engraved acrylic
Stacked placemats
Placemats Stacked
Deadstock ww2 standard issue
Dosimeter
Deadstock ww2 standard issue
aluminium handle broken with axe
Handle Less
aluminium handle broken with axe
wine rack
Wine Rack
Drainage pipe cut into equal sections and placed in a welded steel circle then wrapped in chrome effect vinyl
Wine bottle and label
Wine Bottle
Clear wine bottle coated with a wax seal; label printed in matt vinyl
Floor Mat
Floor Mat
Bristle floor mat with spray-painted slogan made with stencil
Acid Umbarella
Acid Umbarella
plastic umbrella printed with ink and distorted with cleaning products