Researcher ORCID Identifier
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2022 Audrey R Hedlund
This paper examines two toxic waste sites in North America, The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico and Giant Mine in Yellowknife, Canada. These sites will remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years and pose a threat to current and future residents' health and safety. Thus, this paper seeks to explore how current generations might communicate such dangers to future generations while also acknowledging the colonial past and present of these sites. The author touches on various proposals of visual communication methods as well as culturally rooted communal solutions such as the willful participation of Indigenous communities from these sites. The author argues that the most effective and just solution will consist of both strategies in order to solve the issue of perpetual care at WIPP and Giant mine as well as offering a framework for other sites across the globe to follow.
Note: This thesis was accompanied by several prints that reflected the author/artist's thought process in ideating and solving these complex issues that are not currently available for viewing.
Hedlund, Audrey, "Visual Communication and Toxic Waste: Signaling Danger Over Many Millennia" (2022). Scripps Senior Theses. 1808.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.