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Q-Bop Ducts with Plant Overview Looking North

Chris Dunker (1968– ), Q-Bop Ducts with Plant Overview Looking North, 2004, pigment print, 24 5/16 x 24 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.


Dunker’s large, evocative photograph documents the demise of Geneva Steel Works, a major industrial presence in the Utah Valley urban landscape for nearly sixty years. The narrow range of colors and stillness of the scene create a mournful tone that fosters nostalgic reminiscences for many Utah residents. The closure of the plant was triggered by an economic downturn in Asia in 1997, where the demand for steel dried up. The Asian crisis had gone global by mid-1998, resulting in massive lay-offs for steel workers and the closing of many American plants.

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