For What It’s Worth: Dillon Marsh Shows Big Mines and Their Precious Yields
For his exhibition For What It’s Worth, artist Dillon Marsh combined photography with CGI elements as a way to visualize the output of a mine. Marsh looked specifically at the mines of South Africa, juxtaposing these landscapes with spherical scale models of the material extracted. Above, the artist inserts a copper sphere in the empty pit of Jubilee Mine in Concordia, where 6,500 tonnes of the material were extracted between 1971 and 1973. By visualizing the landscapes of mines, which represent a colossal scale of geologic extraction, with their surprisingly limited yields, Marsh allows the viewer to instantly grasp the relationship between what we produce and how we produce it. “Whether they are active or long dormant,” Marsh notes, “mines speak of a combination of sacrifice and gain.” Ultimately, however, the images seem to suggest that the sacrifices may outweigh the gains.