Aerial views of sunken highways and industrial structures, taken along the artificially engineered St. Lawrence Seaway -a borderland hydrological project in the international margin between Canada and the United States- part of the project Sunken Villages by Canadian photographer Louis Helbig.
As Helbig explains on his well organized website:
July 1, 1958, is remembered as Inundation Day in the region near Cornwall, Ontario. At 08:00 a controlled explosion tore open a cofferdam and four days later an area that had been home to 7,500 people disappeared under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence, part of the newly created St. Lawrence Seaway.
On the Canadian side, twelve communities, some dating back to the 1700s, were affected. Following the old King’s Highway No. 2, upstream: Maple Grove, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Sheeks Island, Wales, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point and Aultsville were entirely destroyed; Iroquis was demolished and moved a mile to continue on in name; and, about half of Morrisburg–including its waterfront and most of its business district and main street–were levelled.
(..) On both sides, large rural tracts and property, farms, cottages, and entire islands were flooded. Sacred sites were obliterated and the historic battlefield of Crysler’s farm–where in November 1813 Redcoats, local militia and Mohawk warriors staved off a larger American force intent on sacking Montreal—disappeared.
With the communities went their infrastructure. Some buildings were moved and some graves exhumed. Roads, railways, and bridges were left to be buried along with the previous system of locks and canals. All else was levelled, razed to the foundations, cut to the stumps, burned and bulldozed.
For more context and history, including interviews with local residents pushed out by the rising waters, click through to the Sunken Villages website
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WWT’s previous posts on transformed landscapes by:
David Maisel + Edward Burtynsk + Pétur Thomsen
Changing, 2011, from Russian photographer Aleksandr Malin
Dead Leaves / Full Moon, 2013, acrylic on linen, from the series Sleep Walking by Brooklyn based painter Erik Benson, via Edward Tyler Nahem gallery, NYC.
Busted chickens in a reconstructed 1970s police car, turned into a fully functional chicken coop, by French artist Benedetto Bufalino
amazing motifs from the Festival of Quilts, UK, found here
Live MPC session based on funk songs by Greek DJ and producer Billa Qause of BQ beats and Beatquick, recorded in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Play (+ scroll) to hear some Alice Russel and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings tracks sampled, chopped and performed in a unique way.
Film / edit by VBer
Ancient Greek clay anthrakia aka coal-fuel stove, used for cooking and heating, found at the Archaeological museum of Delos, Greece.
Japanese split-toed garden boots, made of flexible but durable vulcanized natural rubber and nylon reinforcement, buy at Objects of Use
Digital collages by Spanish artist Marina Morales
There’s No Sound in My Head
(20 minutes) USA
Composer Mark Applebaum’s cryptic, painfully fastidious, wildly elaborate, and unreasonably behemoth pictographic score “The Metaphysics of Notation” consists of seventy linear feet of highly detailed, hand-drawn glyphs, two hanging mobiles, and absolutely no written or verbal instructions. Installed for one year at the Cantor Arts Center Museum on the Stanford University campus it received forty-five weekly performances from interpreters from around the world. There’s No Sound in My Head investigates the project and Applebaum’s development as a composer. Through interviews with composers and musicologists, performance footage, and conversations with Applebaum as he draws in his studio, the film poses questions about the borders between music and visual art.
Series of unfixed chalk drawings on seven blackboards panels, from Boston based artist Kevin Townsend
Lounge / dining area and open kitchen in a 110m² loft in Antwerp, Belgium designed by Low architects (prev. feat.here).
Taqueria, a mexican cantina in Sofia, decorated with slim coloured raw wood paneling – and lovely low tech restrooms- in Sofia, a team project of the six young Bulgarian architects from studio Funkt.