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Nickel Tailings #34, Sudbury, Ontario

1996
(Canadian, b. 1955)
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.)
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Location: not on view

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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.
Nickel Tailings #34, Sudbury, Ontario

Nickel Tailings #34, Sudbury, Ontario

1996

Edward Burtynsky

(Canadian, b. 1955)
Canada, 20th century

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