PURGE SERIES

1983 to Present • Lake Placid, NY

Soft limestone disks. 3" x 24" dia.

Soft limestone disks placed in the headwaters of the Hudson River (part of the New York City water supply).  Limestone neutralizes acid pH.


The installation Hudson River Purge is part of a continuing series, dating back to 1983. The limestone sculpture is a populist environmental agit prop, working both metaphorically and pharmaceutically. As metaphor, it dramatizes the crisis of person and planet as one; acid indigestion, acid rain - a connection the media picked up on when they coined the titles "River Rolaids" and "Tums for Mother Nature." The numerous disks used in the Hudson River Purge are of soft chalk limestone measuring 24" diameter by 3" thick (formerly exhibited in the Hirshhorn Museum Fountain, Washington, DC, 1989.) Pharmaceutically, limestone neutralizes or "sweetens" pH acidic waters. The process of adding limestone to acidic rivers is now a standard practice with environmental agencies. Yet, the source of the problem persists; combustion and consumption. We remain resigned to the stop gap solution, "the bigger the problem, the bigger the pill."

© 1983-1991 Buster Simpson

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