The Scream 1983

Today’s #doodle takes #edvardmunch ‘s The Scream and updates it to 1983. Why that year? It was the height of the Cold War and the closest the world came to #nuclear war with #Russia – but for the heroic actions of one man, Stanislav Petrov, who should be in everyone’s working memory. On 26 September 1983, the nuclear early-warning system of the #USSR reported the launch of multiple intercontinental #ballistic #missiles from bases in the United States. These missile attack warnings were felt to be false alarms by Stan Petrov, an officer of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. He risked his life by not reporting these errors to his superiors, and died in obscurity (but not forgotten). He never got a Hero of the Soviet Union medal, though he was much more than that. Okay, #history aside, the #scream always looked like some form of fiery #nightmare to me so I played with that thought. The people in the background are a take on 80’s #apocalyptic cinema, and it took some work to get the mushroom cloud to look more authentic; there’s a literal sun inside there. #art #digital #digitalartist

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