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caption: Glass orbs glow in Etsuko Ichikawa's Poems of Broken Fireflies. 
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Glass orbs glow in Etsuko Ichikawa's Poems of Broken Fireflies.
Credit: Photo by Alec Miller, courtesy of Etsuko Ichikawa

A glassy gift shines a new path

In a small clear box, Etsuko Ichikawa keeps a small piece of vitrified glass that was given to her on a tour of the Hanford nuclear site.

This vitrified glass encases radioactive material before it is disposed of through burial. As an artist trained in making glass, this object becomes something of a totem for Ichikawa, who turns her eye towards nuclear legacies,environmental degradation, and human impacts on the environment.

caption: A piece of vitrified glass.
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A piece of vitrified glass.

Related Links:

Etsuko Ichikawa’s website

Broken Poems of Fireflies exhibit

Etsuko introduces the exhibit

The Blue Suit is produced by KUOW in Seattle. Our host, writer, and creator is Shin Yu Pai. Whitney Henry-Lester produced this episode. Jim Gates is our editor. Tomo Nakayama wrote our theme music. Additional music by Shawn Williams.