Yes, that mushroom-shaped balloon in Times Square is supposed to make you stop and think

For Reyes, the answer is unequivocal Yes.

“If you care about the environment, there won’t be an environment to save if a nuclear weapon goes off,” Reyes told Gothamist the day “Zero Nukes” was erected. “Or if you care about social justice, there will be no society after nuclear war.”

The black and white aesthetic of his sculpture leaves no doubt about his feelings about the more than 12,000 nuclear warheads in the world today.

“I think the goal should be complete universal disarmament, like getting them all,” said Reyes, whose body of work includes works that have incorporated destroyed weapons, including “Disarm” – a project in which revolvers and machine guns were crushed and rendered useless, and then turned into musical instruments.

“I think the goal should be complete universal disarmament, like getting them all,” Reyes said. His oeuvre includes works that have incorporated destroyed weapons, including “Disarm“, a project that featured crushed and rendered unusable weapons – including revolvers and machine guns – turned into musical instruments.

This isn’t the first time New York City has hosted an anti-nuclear protest. June will mark the 40th anniversary of nuclear disarmament demonstration where up to a million people gathered in Central Park. The 1982 gathering took place around the time the United Nations held its second special session on disarmament.

But that kind of attention, project curator Pedro Alonzo explained, waned in the years that followed.

“That doesn’t happen anymore,” Alonzo said. “Very few people are affected. It’s very small now. We need to revitalize that. We have to get back to it. We must rally around this cause. »

For Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the “Amnesia Atómica NYC” program is a chance to engage in critical conversations in one of the liveliest corners of the country. It’s a traveling exhibition; before arriving in New York, he was in Mexico City in 2020. In each city he heads to, local conversations and events will be scheduled.

“What we’re trying to do is engage the public and empower them, see how they can engage, talk to their leaders and our leaders to try to change the direction we’re in,” Bronson said. “Because right now we are entering an arms race 2.0. that everyone knows is dangerous and expensive, and really useless.