This installation is on an abutment that the coal train uses to transfer coal from the mine some 70 miles away to the coal burning plant in page, arizona. When the first images of the earth were beamed back from space in the 60s, the coal burning power plant on the navajo nation near farmington, new mexico was one of the few man made things clearly identifiable by the large amount of pollution being emitted from it.
Artist statement: For this piece I informally interviewed 16 navajo co-workers and asked them to share with me the first thing that comes to mind when i say "coal." everyone acknowledged that the coal mined on the reservation is used to generate energy off the reservation for surrounding megalopolises like denver, phoenix, albuquerque and l.a. they found this arrangement to be problematic.
Moving Planet - Jonathan DarbyArtist statement: This painting represents a choice between further exploitation of the earth or a move towards sustainable living. The child emerging from the centre refers to the future generations who will benefit from the choices and actions that are made today. The film follows the creation of and processes involved in the making of the painting, interspersed with footage of the effects and solutions to climate change.
Fractured Icon - Jesse HazelipArtist statement: The issue of Hydraulic Fracturing is an issue that affects all Americans, whether they support it or oppose it. I chose to use the Bison as my subject because of its deep roots in our American culture. This Bison is suffering from the side effects of the chemicals that pollute the groundwater in the areas exposed to Hydraulic Fracturing. Many livestock are exposed to these chemicals and suffer from hair loss, sickness, weight loss and death. This isn't just my attempt to look at the issues around these farm animals, but the deeper issue of how human consumption of this water is imminent as are the sicknesses associated with it. In addition, gas produced via fracking emits more climate detrimental greenhouses gases than coal.
Ha'jólnìigo —Black Sheep Art Collective Cy Wagoner, Averian Chee, Corey Begay of the Black Sheep Art Collective
Artist statement: The backdrop of this mural illustrates the coal industry's cycle of pollution and filth. The focus of the piece is on the kneeling youth—embodying the innocence and inner strength that resides in the next generation. It is up to us to stop current industrial practices that only bring sickness to the earth and to our families. Ha'jólnìigo is a Navajo word that means "to overcome/achieve a goal with inner strength." It refers to the inner strength that is required to overcome the deep obstacles we encounter in life. The mural will be showcased in a public school on a Navajo reservation. Students can follow the more scientific explanation of coal extraction, combustion, and consumption while recognizing their role as leaders in the new era of renewable energy. The mural is complimented with a film by Raechel Running.