Galleries - Interventions/Environmental Art - Cutouts

Cutouts. These “Cutouts” are painted in oils on plywood and “installed” throughout Bruce County, Ontario. With the expansion of the Bruce Nuclear Plant along the shores of Lake Huron and a growing concern about clean water quality in the area, these Hazmat figures counter the romantic view of the Canadian Landscape. Installed along waterways and visible from the roadside, these figures hint that not all is well among the forests and waterways of cottage country.

Agricultural by-products, sewage and other pollutants wash into the lakes and rivers causing increased bacteria counts and E-coli. These can sit dormant for over 20-years in sand, which can be stirred up by increased wave activity. Additionally, the Bruce Nuclear Plant continues to be a major employer in the area.

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