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Kim Stringfellow "Salton Sea", 2002
Kim Stringfellow "Salton Sea". Main navigation screen from Greetings from the Salton Sea web site. 2002

Kim Stringfellow, \   Kim Stringfellow, "Shore" A screenshot from the interactive web site showing a collection of organic ephemera gathered from the shores of the Sea, 2001
Kim Stringfellow, 2001   Kim Stringfellow, installation detail of "Greetings from the Salton Sea" exhibit at Washington State University in winter of 2001.
Kim Stringfellow

Greetings from the Salton Sea

A sublime presence, the Salton Sea's briny waters cover over 380 square miles of dry, desert terrain in southeastern California near the Mexican border. Created by an engineering accident at the turn of the last century, the Sea in its modern form has transitioned from a popular recreational destination into a biologically overburdened system suffering annual massive fish and bird die-offs due to nutrient loading from agricultural run-off and escalating salinity. The Sea's deteriorating condition affects the local economy as well as wildlife, including over 400 species of resident and migratory fowl that utilize the Sea as a home. The area provides a variety of interesting subjects: decaying resort motels and an abandoned golf course, the highly polluted New River (an inflow of the sea), Slab City (a R.V. squat), Salvation Mountain (a monumental earthwork sculpture by Christian artist, Leonard Knight), and the ecology of the Sea itself.

Greetings from the Salton Sea is a virtual and physical installation juxtaposing photography with organic and man-made detritus collected from the site. Extensive documentation describing the history of the area, environmental issues and suggestions for remediation can be accessed from a remote web site or through a computing station set up within the installation. An image from this project has been traveling with Toxic Landscapes: Artists Examine the Environment, a group exhibit organized by the Puffin Foundation.

Greetings from the Salton Sea website

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