Toxic Beauty

Recently, the NCMA was thrilled to host artist Greg Lindquist in our North Carolina Gallery for one week, where he, along with a large group of student helpers, created the first mural ever presented in that space. 

His painting installation, titled Smoke and Water, addresses the impact of water pollution from coal-fired electric plants. It is a continuation of an ongoing series about environmental degradation, particularly around the Wilmington area, where Lindquist was raised. Visualizing the coal ash in the recent Dan River spill, the artist transforms toxic swirls into abstract vortices of pulsating color. Check out the video below to hear the artist speak about his work, including his choice to create beautiful works about a worrisome topic–and to enjoy a time-lapse view of the mural creation process.

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