Collaboration with artist, Rachel Zollinger
This topographical map of the Rio Grande Water Basin, specifically the areas of Española, Los Alamos, White Rock, and Pajarito Mountain, locates the problematic chemical structures polluting these environments still remaining from the development of the Atomic Bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. These chemical structures are made up of the building blocks of all life, yet it is their arrangement that makes them harmful. In this piece, viewers were invited to take action and rearrange these materials. In order for this to happen, viewers had to engage, otherwise these toxins remain in fixed states. Each wooden bar of the structures were backed by magnets so they could be moved to any location with three corresponding dots on the wall. Throughout the map you will find hints for chemical structures that are nurturing to the ecology.
Painted with soil collected from each region on the map, wooden bars made from New Mexico Ponderosa Pine.