In this installation the viewer enters an elevator to walk upon a map of the Gulf coast near New Orleans. The participant enters from the approximate point of the spewing oil well of the Deep Water Horizon disaster, tracking their own mess progressively closer to the coast. BP may have leased the platform, and their safety lapses may have caused the explosion, but we are all implicated from our dependence on oil. Even the piece itself is painted in petroleum by-products.
As long as you have something to look forward to, a little glimmer of hope, you can move on. But this just drained everything out of us.
It is so big and expanding so fast that it's pretty much beyond human response that can be effective. ... You're looking at a long-term poisoning of the area. Ultimately, this will have a multidecade impact.
We'll see dead bodies soon. Sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, whales: the impact on predators will be seen in a short time because the food web will be impacted from the bottom up.
Dr. Susan Shaw
The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.