With Copperopolis, I look to unveil the careless attention payed to the defilement that lays beneath the earth at the remain of the Swansea Copper works. At its peak the copper works produced 40% of the worlds copper, while simultaneously producing up to 4000 tons of waste each month. The ground is riddled with toxic chemicals; arsenic, cadmium, cyanide and a host of others. With this project I sort after excavating these pollutants to the surface, to place you eye to eye with feeling of toxicity. The attempt to hide the defilement has caused the copper works to become a contemporary space for waste, pollution is embedded within the broken walls of this area and is spewing over into the contemporary face of this place.
Alicia Hughes • Ed Matthews • Alice Oliver • Abby Poulson • Tom Richards • Chelsea Summers • Chloe Williams •