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Alison Burnell: The Great Lakes: Catalysts of Industrial Evolution

The Great Lakes: Catalysts of Industrial Evolution

Alison Burnell

The Great Lakes: Catalysts of Industrial Evolution demonstrates the growth of modern industries and processes in the Midwest during the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century – the development of which would not have been possible within the region without a vast array of resources provided by the Great Lakes. Each comprehensive illustration defines the lake wherein the most development of each industry took place. First, Superior outlines the region’s vast mining production of raw and precious materials, and Michigan illustrates the development of the fur trade and interaction with indigenous peoples. Huron demonstrates the timber logging empire of old growth forests, while Erie describes the region’s heavy industrialization and consequential pollution. Finally, Ontario explores the expanse of the maritime shipping industry after the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Website: Alison Burnell

On view at Work Commons

This work is featured as part of Exchanges: How We Got Here, The 2018 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, Work Commons in the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performance, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.