Particulates: Tower of Tires Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, April 21 at 4pm
Free and open to all!
Hudson Hall: Common Council Room
327 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
“Particulates is a remembrance and celebration of a time when the Hudson community rallied together and successfully fought against expansion of St. Lawrence Cement, whose toxic chemicals would have threatened the entire Hudson Valley, Berkshires Mountains – all the way to Maine.”
– Stephanie Bernheim, 2018
As part of her “Pixels and Particulates” exhibition, artist Stephanie Bernheim returns to Hudson Hall’s newly restored Common Council Room at 4pm on Saturday, April 21 to conduct a lighting ceremony in her re-staged environmental installation, “Particulates: Tower of Tires, 2003″ – a project celebrating the community of Hudson’s successful battle against the proposed expansion of the St Lawrence Cement plant.
Consisting of six large black tire drawings on Mylar and a maquette for a Tower Of Tires sculpture (whose wick burns with candle oil), this work was first displayed in 2002 at Art Resources Transfer (New York City) as a protest against potential contamination from the proposed St. Lawrence Cement Plant expansion in Hudson, New York.
The project alludes to ways particles would have emerged from the proposed cement smokestacks, wafted over agricultural fields, and, according to studies, carried by wind across and up the coast as far as New Brunswick. The soundtrack of night sounds helps us realize the incredible scale and variety of native animals, birds, and insects that would have been affected by extreme contamination had the cement plant been permitted to expand.
“Particulates” reflects on an important moment in Hudson’s political and social history, intentionally situated in a place with a rich political history of its own. Erected in 1855, Hudson Hall was first built as City Hall, with its Common Council Room the site of official City meetings and public debate.
For more information, please visit hudsonhall.org or call (518) 822-1438.