Sandra Hansen

Animas means soul.  On August 14, 2015 the EPA accidentally polluted the river. The beautiful blue water was turned yellow. No harm done they say, but no one goes in the water anymore as the rocks are covered in a yellow slime. The painting shows a broken river as the citizens of Durango have lost their trust of the government. The Native Americans were offered a case of plastic coated water (bottled water) and tobacco as a peace offering. The soul of the people was polluted as well. Plastic collected from waterways and byways all over Europe was used in this painting to show the world wide problem of water pollution.

Polyethylene, plastic net

80 x 40 in.


Animas River, Durango