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Steven Shimamoto

Steven Shimamoto

New York, NY, US

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A Storm is Blowing from Paradise

A contrast between monument and terrain signifies a tension between geological resources and human affliction. This monument symbolizes a parasitic operation that reaches deep into the darkest side of humanity. It is a memorial for the exploitation of Mother Earth, the Native American mining communities, the genius of scientists, 130,000 lives, and the endless generations to come that are affected by these operations.

Volcanic basalt stone wraps the perimeter of the 16 mile site. Within this, large boulders fill the interior. These boulders would erode and slip out of the open corners of the monument, eventually to become cemented into the geological strata; a physical recording of anthropocentric presence and perhaps, absence.

 
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Status: Competition Entry
Location: New Mexico, MD, US

 
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