Photographs from Brightwater
A photographer-in-residence captures images of Brightwater’s construction, landscape, and personnel.
From 2005 to 2010, photographer Eduardo Calderón documented the Brightwater project as an artist in residence, beginning with images of the site before development started: atmospheric shots of neighboring farms, auto wrecking yards, and small shops that capture the area’s sense of place. Subsequent photos focus on the landscape—like the iconic poplars and ponds—as well as on the construction of Brightwater’s plant, tunnel, and digestors. Some of these construction images emphasize the materials used, such as dirt and pilons, their unusual shapes inspiring a number of surreal compositions. Calderón’s images also include portraits of facility staff and the other project artists.
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Calderón was born in Arequipa, Peru. He went to primary and secondary schools there and later attended the University of Washington where he studied anthropology and museology. He lives and works in Kirkland, WA, frequently exhibiting in the US and beyond.
About the Location
Brightwater Science, art, design, and ecology come together at Brightwater, one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world. Located north of Woodinville, WA, Brightwater comprises a park, a community gathering space, an exhibition hall, and a scientific learning laboratory in addition to the structures that house technical operations. Throughout the site, integrated and portable…
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