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Hot Spots by Alison Harper
October 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
This work has been created to make visible the pollution in the air that we breathe.
In order to highlight and make tangible the issue of air pollution in the city of Bath, textile artist Alison Harper has collected 69 used bicycle wheels, coloured them red and embellished them with cloth and yarn. These 69 wheels represent the dangerous levels of nitrous oxide in the air. In the worst “HOT SPOT” in Bath the level of micrograms of nitrous oxide per cubic metre is 69, the level considered safe under European guidelines is below 40 micrograms. Across the city of Bath there are many “HOT SPOTS” where the recording of pollution is above legal limits and thus a danger to health.
Road transport in its various guises also provides us with other complex pollutants, including, amongst others, particulate matter – from engines and brake wear, microplastics from wheel wear, unburnt hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.
This form of pollution also has an adverse affect, through run-off and other processes, on the wider biosphere; plants, rivers, animals.
Thus the red wheels are a symbol of a potent danger that, although invisible, affects us all and suggests we need a change in our behaviour.