Yesterday, Today, The Future...
by Carolyn Stubbs
How the Collages are created:
'Yesterday, Today, the Future…' began as an alternative and unique way in which
to raise public awareness of important environmental issues.
About the three main panels:
About the individual pieces:
|Coal pit / coal miner||
Coal fuelled Britain's Industrial Revolution, however, both the mining and the
burning of coal caused immense environmental damage such as unsightly slag
heaps, long-burning mine fires and subsidence.
Underground coal mining was among the most hazardous of industrial occupations with large numbers of fatalities. Explosions were caused by the presence of coal dust and methane gas.
|Old street scene||This depicts the widespread use of coal, used primarily in industry and domestic homes, following the Industrial Revolution which began in the late 18th century in England.|
|Smog scene||The infamous London fogs were exacerbated by a combination of smoke and fog - smog|
|World War II scene (bombing raid)||This shows the destruction and damage during bombing raids.|
|Nuclear bomb (mushroom cloud)||Nuclear testing above ground persisted for years after WWII ended, causing radioactive pollution and radiation exposure to people.|
|Gasworks / industrial scene (industrial pollution)||Following World War I, oil and gas began to displace coal in small scale industry and home heating. At the same time, city life in the early 20th century was increasingly unpleasant. The environment was often polluted with filth and smoke and housing conditions were crowded and insanitary.|
|Sewerage outlet pipe||Untreated sewerage and industrial effluent was commonly discharged in to rivers and the sea.|
|Clock / rain forest scene||Time is running out for the ecology of some regions. The scene depicts de-forestation triggered by man's mismanagement of land and natural resources.|
|Corn / GM foods||This piece symbolises the selective breeding and genetic modification of crops and foodstuffs.|
|Oil tanker (oil spill)||Routine discharges from tankers, as well as the aftermath of shipwrecks and collisions are still a threat to the oceans and coastal ecosystems.|
|Sea bed (ocean pollution)||An example of some of the rubbish and debris which can be found on river beds, seas/coastal areas etc.|
|"Cocktail of intoxication"||A cocktail of fossil fuel emissions from a variety of sources.|
|Green belt scene (slicing through the green belt)||Planners made provision for recreational areas or "green belts" which are now being swallowed up and developed for office development and new housing.|
|Dolly the sheep (cloning)||This image represents genetic engineering. For authenticity of the subject matter, the original image was photocopied and a copy stamp was then added to each one to represent cloning.|
|Entry by permit holders only||Land swallowed up for growth of industry, retail developments, road networks, new homes, towns and cities will mean rationing out the only remaining living green spaces left representing a future where land has diminished to such a dwindling resource, that it has to be accessed in this fashion.|
|World scene- soldiers||The world map scene showing a vision of a world encased in military might - world domination and mans' eternal quest for power.|
|Tidal wave||A tidal wave representing the consequences of global warming with the melting of the Antarctic ice floes and the chaotic predicted changes of weather patterns.|
|"No Animals"||With the loss of forests and open spaces, natural habitats will be destroyed and along with it, species of animals and wildlife which could disappear completely.|
|CCTV cameras (surveillance)||A time in the Future when even innocent pastimes such as going to a concert, or relaxing on the beach, are overseen by the presence of the CCTV system.|
|Computer dinner party||This image shows how people are becoming more isolated and the dangers of travelling in a polluted environment - hence the new social concept of interacting this way.|
|Market scene||The advancement of genetic engineering could bring foods that are produced under laboratory conditions and which behave completely differently from their humble origins. If you look carefully at the price labels etc on the stall, you will hopefully read subtle messages.|
|Street scene||A street scene which shows a concrete world of buildings, walls and asphalt. Gravestones are the memorials to the trees that once graced the avenues and streets.|
The real exhibition!