The Message is a
social project during which we will send a message
addressed to the civilization which will discover
the Onkalo - Nuclear Waste Repository being build
International audiences have the opportunity to
compose a message which will be carved to the
bedrock close to the site. The radioactive fuel
rods placed in Onkalo will remain hazardous for
more than 100,000 years and as such Onkalo is the
most epic building sites in history.
will execute the rock carving to the site. This
will be done in 15cm letters using the Lucinda
font. The jury which selects the
text consists of Ore.e Ref. staff/creative pool
and is backed up by media artist Timo
Project is expected to be completed 2015. To make
things a bit safer Ore.e Ref. initiated the Early Warning System
(EWS) in the spring of 2012.
EWS's devices are a series of handmade
navigational instruments. The instruments are
embedded to bedrock etc. each facing to the Onkalo
The first Early Warning System (EWS1#) was forged
out of CRES (stainless steel). It was installed in
a public location in Helsinki, Finland the summer
of 2012. Finnish contemporary artist and musician Lauri Wuolio
contracted to select and/or craft items for a
time-capsule which was placed behind the EWS1# and
embedded inside a boulder next to the seashore.
The device faces towards the Onkalo site. Some
details on the "EWS1# / Time-Capsule" content
entitled "Kharon’s Obol"
(2012) by Lauri Wuolio
are found on the
artists website and related assignment
documents are found here (.pdf)
The location of EWS1# is not announced. You may
gain access to the site upon sending an SMS
request to 00-358-50-5729743 (Ore.e Ref.). Once a
message requesting instructions is received
accurate gps coordinates will be provided in .gpx,
.kml, .lmx, .loc, .asc, and/or .cvs formats. These
instructions will guide You to the site within 10m
accuracy. The location has been announced on
geocaching sites – But entitled differently.
The EWS1# is located 221km from the Onkalo site.
The device and content of the time-capsule are
estimated to last intact on location until
2500-3000 CE (If nothing drastic happens the
instrument may remain on site until the next
ice-age). On site EWS1# may be used by people with
skills in navigation and access to maps (and
knowledge on contemporary the metric- and numeral
systems) or skills in observational astronomy (and
cryptography); to find the "Onkalo" - Nuclear
Waste Repository site. After the instrument is
damaged the time-capsule and it's content(s) will
become accessible for audiences.
100912 Added images and "the message" form so that
we'll get some data! Cleaned texts. Site online.
150812 History: The Message project started on
Facebook where a
(68 fans) was made
100710. The page was marketed for various
environmental/anti-nuclear organizations but the
project was not noticed. The Facebook site has
"admins" and it's currently not clear how the
project will continue in Facebook. Contact to
Finnish Greenpeace was established but the entire
project was drafty and no collaboration ideas
where pushed in motion at that time. There is now
some spam on the page which seems to suit the
project in a ironic way. The Message – Facebook
page will be maintained even as the projects focus
is now guided to Ore.e Ref. project site.