On 30 July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bomb, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by the Japanese Navy. Of 1196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks. Only 317 survived.
Of the 1196 assembled steel components that represent the USS Indianapolis, 883 of the pieces [the total number of crew that were lost] are represented with a bronze alloy, the installation plays off the dynamic shadows that are cast onto the surfaces of the art gallery.