Ore.e Ref. - The Message

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The Message / EWS1#...

Ore.e Refineries is a small company advocating sustainable design.

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 at: 61°14′13″N 21°26′27″E (Finland). 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.

Ore.e Ref. will execute the rock carving to the site. This will be done in 15cm letters using the Lucinda Grande font. The jury which selects the text consists of Ore.e Ref. staff/creative pool and is backed up by media artist Timo Bredenberg. Project is expected to be completed 2015. To make things a bit safer Ore.e Ref. initiated the Early Warning System Project (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 site.


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 was 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 popular geocaching sites – But entitled differently.

 the_message_pin_for_mapsPrint Your Own: "Pixel-Kharon Mask (A4)" (.pdf)

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.

Conpilation – Sensured

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 "page" (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.

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