About Bomb Blast

Bomb Blast (2001/2018)

Bomb blast curtains hang in the windows of government and other office buildings in London and are designed to catch flying glass after an explosion. I first encountered them when I worked in the offices of the Atomic Energy Division of the British Government’s Department of Energy in Palace Street in London whilst I was a student studying Photography. Appearing as a result of the IRA bombing campaigns of the 1980's and early 1990's these specialist high strength nets are indistinguishable from domestic net curtains hanging in homes throughout the UK. If you look closely though, you can see that the curtains have a large quantity of excess material bunched at the bottom where it is secured beneath the sill. The curtains languish in still readiness, their delicate folds of cloth belie their purpose and their ability to contain extraordinary and sudden acts of violence.