Western Stege Marsh

This big acrylic (30 x 40") was the result of three visits. I tried a different approach, with an underpainting that was very desaturated. The buildings caught my attention, they looked so boxy and bright against this marsh environment. Then I went home and found out they were part of a turn-of-the-century explosive manufacturing plant. Unfortunately this is also what made Western Stege Marsh one of the ten most toxic places in the Bay Area. The land has been owned by UC Berkeley since the 1950's and the cleanup has been going on for the last few years. It is almost complete, yet there are signs warning passersby to stay on the bay trail because of "hazardous substances."

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