Recently I’ve been making more paintings like this one relating to water and ice – the lifeblood of planet Earth.
While the acid mine drainage treatment facility will take up a section of the property next to the seep from the coal mine, we envision opening up the remaining 11+ acres of land as a public, ecological, educational park to use as an experiential place-based learning lab. Art students have helped me design a wetland area on the property downstream of the treatment facility. Envisioned is a sculpture garden, walking paths, native flora and fauna, interpretive signs, and an outdoor classroom space. This outdoor learning lab could be utilized for all disciplines including environmental studies, geography, biological sciences, engineering, art, and also for K-12 school districts. The plant itself will also be open for tours and events.
My hope is that our project will inspire many others to believe in their own power to change our world for the better.
Breach (2020) by John Sabraw
Video courtesy of John Sabraw