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Anti-Arsenic Arsenal + Absorption + Art = Amelioration

Anti-Arsenic Arsenal + Absorption + Art = Amelioration

By Nicholas Riggers Signs led to stories”¦ Shortly after moving to Seward I began to notice the Superfund Cleanup signs sporadically placed throughout the neighborhood and started to begin doing some research into what the Superfund was and why the EPA was here and after discovering that the area apparently had dangerously high levels of Arsenic I wanted to create a piece of artwork that would address the cleanup process. Initially I was interested in interviewing residents and then collecting their stories and turning those stories into artwork, and I did a small piece on that, but residents were some what hesitant to talk. Now that its spring and the cleanup process is starting its 2010 work, I”'m going to try going door to door again and attending community meetings in the hope of collecting more stories. Research led to sunflowers, mustard and ferns”¦ In early January I started to do some research and discovered that certain plants have the ability to absorb Arsenic and other heavy metals from the soil thus cleaning it, naturally. I wanted to create a piece that would encapsulate that idea. Thus the boxes and plants came, so in late February I planted Sunflowers and Mustard and just recently acquired some ferns. A few weeks ago I built the boxes and purposefully left them natural with the exception of text on either end of each box. Plants lead to healing, renewal, and clean earth”¦ My hope is that people upon seeing this piece will have a heightened awareness of the healing and renewal power that plants have to clean the earth. Regis Center for Art March 30th to April 15th”¦ The exhibit will be on display at the Regis Center for Art from March 30th through April 15th and the opening reception is on Friday April 2nd from 6:00-8:30. I will be there for the duration of that if people happen to come in and want to talk or ask questions. The plants will be planted in the boxes and then there will be a pedestal next [...]

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