Image of "In Transition"
Copyright ©2009 Linda Gass. Photograph by Don Tuttle
Title: Treatment?
Dimensions: 30" w x 30" h
Purchase information: This artwork has been sold however it's featured in a pack of greeting cards available in my online store.
Artist Statement: Treatment? is an aerial view of the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant and the adjacent living marsh wetland. The plant treats sewage from several local cities to nearly drinking water quality and then discharges it into San Francisco Bay. The region’s sewage treatment plants were constructed in the late 1950s and 60s, in response to several severe fish kills in the bay; we used to dump our raw sewage directly into the water. These facilities are located on the edge of the bay for efficiency: our sewage flows to the plant in a gravity fed system and then minimal pumping discharges the processed water into the bay. The Palo Alto Plant removes 98% of the organic material in the wastewater – the source of contamination that once killed fish. Now the volume of discharged treated fresh water is creating new problems for the bay by diluting salinity – this facility processes 25 million gallons per day. The native species of the bay are sensitive to salinity changes and this discharge has modified the original salt marsh wetland to a brackish habitat. About 1% of the processed water is being used as recycled water to irrigate the Palo Alto golf course and nearby industrial parks. As our population grows we need to find ways to generate less wastewater and to recycle more of it through water conservation practices, gray water systems and dual plumbing.
Materials and Techniques: Silk crepe de chine hand painted using remezol dyes and water soluble resist. Silk broadcloth backing and polyester batting; machine quilted with rayon and polyester embroidery thread.
Detail: Click here for a detail image of the quilt

Exhibition History: April 15 - September 11, 2011 Green: the Color and the Cause, The Textile Museum, Washington, DC
May 18 - June 20, 2010 Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
October 8 - November 22, 2009 in Still Water, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA.
June 20 - August 16, 2009 in Seeing Green: Visions of a Changing Planet, Visions Art Quiilt Gallery, San Diego, CA

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