HEAVY METALS
2015

Built and Installed in an illegal mining town in the Amazon (Huepetuhe) Heavy Metals is a device which elevated an existing statue of a gold miner to an angelic silhouette using six mercury vapour lamps on automated wings.

Mercury evaporation in these mining procedures remains the most detrimental environmental concern despite vast deforestation. The bulbs used in this device use a gaseous mixture of vaporized mercury, mechanically rising and falling behind the statue, simulating the evaporation of mercury vapor from gold amalgam into the environment.