Endangered
Environments

I increasingly run into burning garbage all over the world, from the Maldives to the Everest. Do we want our archeology to be trash? Do we want our children to breath with masks?

High altitude trash 1 view of Everest, Khumbu icefall, Lothse, Nuptse, Lho La, 5600m (17 000ft) 27 May 2016

The TimeShrine is made out of trash you find on Mount Everest. The pollution masks are the ones Anne also used in the Maldives, resembling Tibetan prayer flags. 7,000 people per year trek Mount Everest leaving behind an estimated 50 tons of non-degradable trash and around 20 tons of human waste and earning Everest the nickname World’s Highest Garbage Dump. Trash, the newest form of human archeology, is everywhere.

Also Plastic Red island, musandam, arabian sea, october 2015

All the plastic used in this Timeshrine was found on this remote site. This is where Anne realized that plastic is now a permanent element of the seas. After the Industrial and Information revolution we need a Sustainability revolution.

Disposable Plastic - Panoramic 73.4214° E, 4.22860° N, Maldives, March 2016

This TimeShrine documents five days’ worth of plastic bottles, brought ashore by the currents. Nine million tons of plastic will end up in the ocean in 2017, the equivalent of dumping one garbage truck of plastic into the water every minute. By 2050, the Oceans will contain by weight more plastic than fish. 

Trash island Thilafushi, Maldives March 2016

This TimeShrine was created on a coral reef reclaimed from the Ocean to be filled with garbage. Besides the dead coral Anne used pollution masks painted as Tibetan prayer flags. Originally a 5 mile long, 200 yards wide lagoon Thilafushi has today a landmass of 4.6 million ft entirely reclaimed with trash burning 24/7. Bluepeace, a Maldivian ecological movement, describes the island as a "toxic bomb”.

Pink Flamingos Lake Elmenteita, kenya, september 2014

Pink Flamingos landed on the edge of Lake Elmenteita just before this photograph was taken. Within seconds their feeding activities disturbed the surface of the water. Recently increased fishing activity has dried up the catchment area of this lake, the water level has receded and the numbers of flamingos has dramatically decreased.

Toxic Waste Shrine Terra dei fuochi, Afragola, Italy, april 2014

Anne entered this ‘no man’s land’ undercover with a group of young local activists. Illegal stacks burn 24/7 and release in the atmosphere toxic substances including dioxin. Two million people live and feed on this land. The Terra dei Fuochi (“Land of the Fires”) near Naples has become the largest landfill of toxic waste in Europe.

Pollution Shrine View of Pudong, The Bund, Shanghai, Pollution level 168 27th of May 2014

The pollution level that day was 2.5 times the health hazard level and so high that Anne had to work wearing a mask. In the foreground of the image, peonies, China’s unofficial national flower, are mixed with breathing masks. There is no human world without breath.

Urban Shrine Shangai China, April 2014

Anne discovered this pod of water and vegetation on a Shangai roof top. The pollution level was 168 AQI that day.  She created the TimeShrine with lotus flowers, Asian symbols of equilibrium and resilience, and empowered it with a stone dragon.

 6.5 million people die every year from air pollution.