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Ad Libs: A photographer's vision in oil

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace, arts & entertainment editor of the Palo Alto Weekly, on Nov 18, 2009

About four years ago, Edward Burtynsky's titanic and disturbingly beautiful photos made up the most powerful exhibition I've seen at the Cantor Arts Center. Mining and refining leave scars on the Earth, but Burtynsky finds color and light inside.

Burtynsky now has an exhibition focusing on oil up at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (in case you happen to be passing through). Sprawling images of old derricks, ship-breakings and trashed cars are compelling even online.

To read the rest of this posting, go to [Web Link Ad Libs].

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 19, 2009 at 4:12 am

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Sometimes an engineer's aesthetics get in the way of engineering. The piping configuration in the foreground of the refinery picture uses four 90 degree elbows where two 45 degree ells would have accomplished the same routing with a third less material and a significant reduction in pumping cost.


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Posted by Rebecca Wallace
arts & entertainment editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Nov 19, 2009 at 9:28 am

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I don't usually get the engineering viewpoint on the art I cover, so that was particularly interesting. Thanks, Walter!


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