Rachel Carson Print


Media: Digital print on heavy satin paper
Approximate Size: 17″ x 17″

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Part of the Homage to Famous People of Pittsburgh series.

My image of Rachel Carson’s Homestead in Springdale (a few miles up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh) is mixed with my images of smoke stacks from power plants there- a current environmental battle involving new scrubbers proposed by owners RRI out of Houston TX that would reduce sulfur dioxide emissions but increase lead and mercury emissions. High school students and others in the region became active and mobilized to demand a better solution, a recent news story that Rachel Carson would have been proud of. Rachel Carson’s alma mater Chatham University in Pittsburgh’s East End is a 30 minute drive from the Rachel Carson Homestead. The Rachel Carson Institute was established at Chatham University in 1989 to continue the legacy of Chatham’s most distinguished alumna, Carson ’29. As Chatham University celebrates its 140th anniversary during 2009-2010, the institution is poised to lay the foundation for the future of its “green” Eden Hall Campus in Gibsonia, including the new School of Sustainability and the Environment that will be located there. Rachel Carson is very likely more appreciated in Pittsburgh than ever before.

“Pittsburgh Society of Artists Exhibit Gives Smaller Works a Platform” by art critic Kurt Shaw, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 21, 2010. Kurt writes about a smaller piece I did combining these images in Spring 2010 for a Pittsburgh Society of Artists exhibit at Borelli Edwards Gallery.

Diana Nelson Jones also gave my work some ink here.