The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 23, 2024

Nickel Tailings #35. Sudbury, Ontario

Nickel Tailings #35. Sudbury, Ontario

(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.)
Location: not on view


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.
  • Artist; Laurence Miller Gallery, New York; Fred and Laura Bidwell, Peninsula, Ohio; Cleveland Museum of Art
  • {{cite web|title=Nickel Tailings #35. Sudbury, Ontario|url=false|author=Edward Burtynsky|year=1996|access-date=23 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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