Three Views of Gardanne
2015–2016
Bricks of radio-active red-mud, pine needles, pH indicator (canvas), Geiger counter, protection glass, concrete, wood

Three Views of Gardanne is an interdisciplinary and site-specific art project, originating in three landscape paintings of Gardanne by the French Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne. In Gardanne, southern France, Cézanne experimented with blocky polygonal forms of the surrounding townscape juxtaposed with organic forms of vegetation, leading the eye vertically up to the reclining cliff of mountain Sainte-Victoire. Working in the vicinity, near Aix-en-Provence, and using Cézanne's view as focal point, the work aims to capture a contemporary perspective of the hill town area.

The first Bayer alumina plant in the world was built located in Gardanne and the factory is today the world’s largest producer of specialty alumina. Every day hundreds of tonnes of polluted red-mud, the main by-product from the production, are created. The heavy metal contaminated and radioactive waste, are deposited at a residue site in Mange-Garri, a little town near by Gardanne, as well as poured via pipelines into the Mediterranean by the offshore waters of Cassis.

Composed as an archive of natural studies. Three Views of Gardanne is a visual and audible encounter, exhibited as a mixed media installation in three parts, using red-mud, pine needles and water collected from the disposal sites. The working process has been adopted from applications used in the natural sciences, radiation dosimetry, and reuse of red-mud conferred to firing techniques of building materials from the alumina industry.

Three Views of Gardanne was developed with support of Triangle France in cooperation with Commission for Independent Research and Information about Radiation (CRIIRAD).

Pine needles, Red-mud bricks
34x25x25cm, 32x30x30cm

PH indicator (canvas)
105x140cm