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Terra Firma, ReTire + Sort

Carol dePelecyn

Shoreline Transfer Station

A billboard, sound installation, and short film prompt visitors to consider the impacts of waste on the environment.

Carol dePelecyn. ReTire (detail), 2008. Tires, aluminum, and audio. Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station, Shoreline, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Steve McGehee

At the Shoreline Transfer Station, King County’s waste is sorted by the ton. Take a trip there and watch as an old couch or a collection of trash bags disappears over the edge of the tipping floor and into the compactor chute. But what happens after we pay our fee and leave?

4Culture commissioned Carol dePelecyn to create artwork for the transfer station as it was being designed, which led to the production of a trio of works in different mediums. Fascinated by the strata of earth created at landfills, dePelecyn and photographer Steve McGehee repeatedly visited Cedar Hills, where waste from local transfer stations goes to be compressed into vast landforms. Mount Rainier, perhaps the most iconic symbol of the region’s natural beauty, overlooks the mountain of garbage there. McGehee captured this juxtaposition in his photograph Terra Firma, now installed as a billboard above the station’s public dump site to remind visitors where their unwanted stuff is headed.
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Carol dePelecyn. ReTire (detail), 2008. Tires, aluminum, and audio. Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station, Shoreline, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Steve McGehee
Carol dePelecyn. Terra Firma, 2008. Billboard. Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station, Shoreline, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Steve McGehee
Carol dePelecyn. Sort (still), 2011. Digital video. Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station, Shoreline, WA. King County Public Art Collection
 
 
 

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Carol dePelecyn. Sort, 2011. Digital video. Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station, Shoreline, WA. King County Public Art Collection

Carol dePelecyn + Dale Stammen. ReTire, 2008. Digital audio. Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station, Shoreline, WA. King County Public Art Collection