Perhaps in the not too distant future, sculptor Dan Rawlings (before) imagines a world in which machines from the unsustainable energy industry are now a relic of the past, slowly being overtaken by nature in the process of decay. In his latest sculpture entitled Future returnsthe artist uses his signature plasma cutting style to etch a sizeable canopy of leaves emerging from the steel hull of a churned oil tanker. The work is currently located in a 19th century church in Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire, England. From a statement on the project:
Future Returns invites us to examine our own contribution to commercialization and the resulting changes in our natural environment. Rawlings believes it is easy to demonize the industry, but we must acknowledge that it makes life as we know it flourish. It is our ability to design, create and produce that put cities like Scunthorpe on the world map. He also believes oil companies have a lot to answer for, from the state of our environment to their distrust of science.
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