The subjects of rising sea levels, coral bleaching and glacier loss remain prickly topics for discussion. Everyone has an Aunty Mary or Uncle Bob belonging to skeptical society, and then there are work place associates with a pet hatred for greenies. But the science is irrefutable, surface-temperature records; satellite data; ice-sheet borehole analysis; measurements of sea-level rise; glacier melting and observations of permafrost loss all point in the same direction. The planet is getting warmer and the effects could be catastrophic.
“The Peacemaker” was the original title given to an ICBM missile eventually designated “The Peacekeeper”. Developed in the early 1980’s and deployed in 1986 by the US military , it could carry up to 10 300 kiloton warheads. This image dates from that era, and is based on sketches for a proposed work by my father Peter Benjamin Graham (1925-87). This is the first of a series of ‘stealth homage’s’ I plan to stencil around Canberra as an adjunct to my bus shelter instillations. “The Peacemaker’s” belonged to a series of intricate and terrifying depictions of post-nuclear devastation named ‘paradise destroyed’. I remember him with drawing board on lap, completely absorbed, making these line drawings, the weight of the subject reflected in his eyes. These pictures deserve to be seen, even in my semi-representative form, I hope to do them justice.
“No Place To Run” Peter Graham 1981, Pen and Ink on Paper, part of the ‘Paradise Destroyed’ series.