Bonneville Assessment #3

Bonneville Assessments; a re-constructed collection of documents, detritus, and sediment from hazardous industrial sites in the Bonneville Basin. Number 3 in the series is paired with the short story Bonneville.

assessment_49747091436_o

Humans have inhabited the land surrounding the Great Salt Lake for over 10,000 years. Over the last few centuries, settlers have displaced and killed most of the indigenous inhabitants of this land, leaving the empty basins a cheap home for large industrial facilities; out-of-site and out-of-mind to inhabitants living downwind. Having witnessed the health effects of this industrial colonization on friends, family, and ecosystem, I have a vested interest in regulation and reclamation of these sites. 

assessment-6_49746601938_o

The third assessment in this series focuses on the effects of Utah’s vast network of military testing ranges on public health. A welded sheet of maps, articles, and images sourced from the Utah Historical Society and University of Utah extends from 8 feet in the air down to a pile of dirt, ammunition shells, and bones sourced from land within and adjacent to the Bonneville Basin’s military testing ranges. Overlayed on the canonical, historical elements are red, typewritten headlines which bring attention to the darker reality of these contested spaces. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑