In this two-part feature on the Environment, artist Nina Elder, graphic designer Elizabeth Kaney, and report editor Kerri Arsenault examine the consequences of resource extraction in the River Valley.
In part II, art director Elizabeth Kaney and author Kerri Arsenault reconsider Rumford’s tourist information booth in “Environmental Cartography: Confronting Memorials and Monuments.” The town’s information booth includes brochures that provide information about places to visit, where to eat, and what to do. The authors argue that this public-facing “information” overlooks the darker consequences of industrial development on the environment and the community. They remap the town to include toxic sites that are also part of the community’s legacy: forgotten ruins and people, sites of resource extraction, scars upon the landscape, invisible histories, and the path of toxics. —Maine’s River Valley report editors
Read part I of the Environment feature here.