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More About Detonography


Titled "In the Beginning", the artwork above the Library's front doors was installed in 1991 with the completion of the new building.

Rosenburg created the process of detonography in 1985 in collboration with the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC). It is part printmaking and part sculpting. The explosives act as the stamping press, and the explosives force the metal into carved image.

To create the artwork, various kinds of metals are overlayed on a carved image, then covered with a sheet of plastic explosive. The detonation of the explosive causes the metal plates to be fused to the carved image. The force is strong enough to weld different metals together and etch delicate designs onto the metal surface.

For more information, check out Evelyn Roseburg's website.