REPRESENTING THE INFRASTRUCTURAL LANDSCAPE

THE RIVANNA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT

As an industrial landscape, the water treatment plant is evidence of our dependence on and connection with industrial process. The Rivanna plant utilizes electrical energy, bacteria, and recycled methane gas to convert a polluted influent to a pristine effluent that can re-enter the river. The landscape of the plant, devoid of human figures, nevertheless speaks of our connection with the land, however abstracted. The circular basins, surge pumps, and valves are the machine evidence of our habits of consumption. This is a system that is intimately connected to the hydrologic cycle, the nutrient cycle, and the cyle of life. It is illustrative of our position within nature, rather than outside. Yet the process of looking and recording inevitably involves a distancing. The paintings are still abstractions.