More topical than ever: David Maisel’s The Lake Project and The Mining Project


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While I took a break from reporting on the record-breaking flood in Austria and my home country, I stumbled across two projects by David Maisel as if determined by fate. “The Mining Project” as well as “The Lake Project” both deal with the same topic: human-induced environmental destruction.

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© David Maisel

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© David Maisel

From Maisel’s favourite perspective, from up above, the landscapes undoubtedly look gorgeous. What needs to be kept in mind, however, is the fact that the various colours such as the green of the sea are due to various heavy metals and other toxic substances. Therefore, I find it rather hard to fully enjoy the pictures. Particularly because our arrogance and shameless destruction of nature slowly but surely starts exacting vengeance on us.

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© David Maisel

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