Cementing over Refuse at the Atari Video Game Burial in September 1983, Alamogordo, New Mexico Landfill

Summary

In 1983, rumors circulated: Atari was bankrupt, and was dumping truckloads of games into a New Mexico landfill. Victim to the "Video Game Crash," the company buried 700,000 cartridges in the desert. The story became an obscure pop culture legend -- until "The Atari Tomb" was unearthed in 2014. This image documents the original 1983 burial of material.

In 1983, rumors circulated: Atari was bankrupt, and was dumping truckloads of games into a New Mexico landfill. Victim to the "Video Game Crash," the company buried 700,000 cartridges in the desert. The story became an obscure pop culture legend -- until "The Atari Tomb" was unearthed in 2014. This image documents the original 1983 burial of material.

Artifact

Digital print

Subject Date

September 1983

Creators

Heller, James 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2015.13.8

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the City of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Inkjet printing

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 6 in

Width: 8.5 in

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