Obelisk Project

Ed Grothus designed and commissioned two granite obelisks to commemorate the historic role Los Alamos played in the Nuclear Age. The work in Los Alamos (The Manhattan Project) ended WWII, and saved millions of lives and is the foundation of the Nuclear Age.


Ed Grothus and "Albert Enstein Impersonator" at the base of one obelisk with models of the twin monuments.

The obelisks are white granite and are designed to sit on black bases, "Rosetta Stones," engraved with text in 15 languages that describe the “most significant man-made event in human history.” These Rosetta Stones for the Nuclear Age document the atomic history. Important to him among the messages engraved in stone was, “No one is secure unless everyone is secure.” When assembled, each monument will weigh over 39 tons and stand nearly 40 feet tall. The obelisks are on site at the Black Hole. At the time of his death, Grothus remained optimistic that the obelisks would find a prominent home for installation. The message on the Rosetta Stones for the Nuclear Age reads as follows:

Welcome to Los Alamos, New Mexico, the United States of America, the CITY OF FIRE. Our fires are BRIGHTER THAN A THOUSAND SUNS. It was once believed that only God could destroy the world, but scientists working in Los Alamos first harnessed the power of the atom. The power released through fission and fusion gives many men the ability to commence the destruction of all life on Earth. The first atomic bomb was designed and built here. It was at Trinity Site (33 degrees, 44 minutes, 38 seconds North latitude and 106 degrees, 28 minutes, 29 seconds West longitude) on July 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 AM that the first nuclear bomb was detonated. Trinity Site is 2 degrees, 8 minutes, 29 seconds and 153.2 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Two cities in Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by single atomic bombs on August 6th and 9th, 1945 bringing an end to World War II. Now, 60 years later, Los Alamos, obedient to the almighty Pentagon, carries on its awesome, assigned mission to assure continuing nuclear capability. Nuclear bombs cannot be used rationally and dreams for safe and useful nuclear power may never be realized. It is only in Los Alamos that the potentials for unimagined, fantastic good and demonstrated, horrendous evil are proximate. There is no assurance that man will pass safely through the Nuclear Age into a benign Solar-Hydrogen Age.