I designed a set of conjectural interpretive displays and a visitor trail for a landfill located very near my home in Humboldt County, California. This picturesque region of the world is heavily dependent upon tourism, so this attraction could create an alternative destination for visitors usually accustomed to the more authentically natural spectacles common to the area. The trail and displays reveal the many distinctive features of this landfill, and also reveal the varied characteristics of a subterranean plume of contaminated groundwater that migrates from the site. These plume displays reveal the depth, chemical composition, and geographic location of this invisible yet compelling occurrence.
All works are gouache, watercolor, and graphite on paper, 9"x12" (click to enlarge and read the text)
All images and text © 2022 Cynthia Hooper