Catherine Harrington, Isobel Tarr and Scarlet created a performance with their sculptures outside of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Whitehall. The campaign was to protest about the amount of coal that was being burned in the UK as fuel – and that over 1,000 people die in the UK every year to coal dust related illnesses.
The performance consisted of 2 people kneeling down and slowly placing the ceramic figures – each representing the death of a person due to coal – onto the pavement in Whitehall. Slowly the pavement filled with figures – a memorial to those who died from coal pollution inhalation in the last year.
“Coal’s contribution to the UK’s energy mix is in decline, but the damage it causes is vast. Drax, the UK’s biggest coal and biomass power station situated in North Yorkshire, is receiving and burning far more coal than the other 11 coal fired power stations.” Anne Harris in The Ecologist
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