toxic discharge by Lanna Lang
This site-specific work was installed at Pittsburgh's "The Point". The concept behind the piece would be to create a sculpture that explores the boundary between attractiveness and repulsiveness to bring into discussion the pollution of the rivers. The Ohio River is ranked the most polluted river in the United States and The Ohio Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) reported the river has 23 million pounds of toxic discharge. The details of the form include blown out bubbles that are seemingly grotesque, however, the form as a whole combined with the iridescence seems ethereal. The green/orange iridescence recalls oil spills' iridescence when met with water, but also these colors were chosen because humans have an unconscious reaction against these two bold colors especially in water because it reminds us of poison and toxicity.