Nickel Tailings #34, Sudbury, Ontario

Nickel Tailings #34, Sudbury, Ontario


Edward Burtynsky

(Canadian, b. 1955)

Chromogenic process color print

Framed: 89.5 x 119.9 x 3.2 cm (35 1/4 x 47 3/16 x 1 1/4 in.); Mounted: 80.7 x 111.1 cm (31 3/4 x 43 3/4 in.)

Gift of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell in honor of Tom Hinson 2010.491

Impression: 5



Nature transformed by industry, as it has been here, is the predominant theme of Burtynsky’s work. The vibrant rivers in these images seem to be lava flows but are actually nickel tailings, the waste products of metal extraction and mining activities. Simultaneously beautiful and horrifying, this industrial vista is a striking observation of the devastation humans can wreak on the landscape.

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