Chronicling the impact of human industry on the planet, The Anthropocene Project is an interdisciplinary project by Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. Demonstrating, in Burtynsky’s words, the “indelible human signature” of processes such as terraforming, extraction, urbanisation and deforestation, the large scale images – now on view in The Human Signature at Flowers Gallery, London – offer abstracted aerial views of a striking global reality.
The painterly yet deeply revelatory compositions provide audiences with an insight into otherwise unseen events, bringing into focus issues of resource depletion and extinction. Looking to the future of artistic practice, the show presents a photogrammetric augmented reality (AR) installation, expanding the boundaries of the documentary image into three dimensions.
The exhibition is open until 24 November. Find out more here.
1. Imperial Valley #5 Holtville, California, USA, 2009 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
2. Coal Mine #1, North Rhine, Westphalia, Germany 2015; Oil Bunkering #1. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
3. Phosphor Tailings Pond #4, Near Lakeland, Florida, 2012. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto