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Nuclear site turned into artwork

Dounreay artwork
The Dounreay artwork glows bright green

A sculpture of a nuclear power plant that glows bright green has been bought by National Museums Scotland.

The artwork of Dounreay in Caithness is lit by using ultraviolet light to stimulate particles of uranium dioxide inside the glass sculpture.

Kate William, who helped create the piece, said uranium had been used as a safe colorant since the Victorian age.

She previously created a similar piece, of Springfield nuclear power plant from The Simpsons cartoon series.

The artist has worked in collaboration with John Lloyd on the nuclear power plant sculptures.

James Gunn, Dounreay's heritage officer, said the museum's acquisition of the model underlined how important Dounreay was in a national context.

He added: "In its operational heyday, Dounreay was symbolic of the white heat of technology, the cutting edge of British expertise and renowned worldwide as being a leader in its field."

The sculpture is on display in the newly-opened gallery, Scotland: A Changing Nation, in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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