Green rivers and contaminated soil

Lang, Martin (2020) Green rivers and contaminated soil. In: My River, 18 January 2020, Mansions of the Future.

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This paper addresses two artists who work with rivers to raise awareness about ecological issues and one artist who deals with soil contaminated with heavy metals. In Britain (and many other industrial nations) these two issues are connected. As climate change causes more severe flooding, consequently contaminants are spread from riverbeds onto adjacent fields (potentially polluting our crops and meat). The paper identifies how these artists create simple aesthetic gestures that create an imprint on observers' memories in ways that scientists and climate activists do not. These include: lobbying, making demands, campaigning and taking to the streets (without asking permission).

Keywords:Nicolas Garcia Uriburu, Olafur Eliasson, Mel Chin, Socially Engaged Art, Art Activism, Rivers, Climate Change
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
ID Code:39860
Deposited On:22 Jan 2020 09:13

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