Details

Title

Norco Cumulus Cloud, Shell Oil Refinery, Norco, Louisiana

Artist/Maker

Richard Misrach (American, born 1949)

Date

1998, printed 2012

Medium

Pigmented inkjet print

Dimensions

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Credit

Commissioned with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, Lucinda W. Bunnen, and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund

Accession #

2012.6

On View

Currently not on view

“Norco, twenty-five miles upriver from New Orleans, is the site of a massive Shell Oil refinery. Throughout the day, natural-looking clouds, nicknamed ‘Norco cumulus,’ hover over the site, created by the comingling of moisture and volatile hydrocarbons that originate in the process of refining gasoline, jet fuel, cooking oil, and other products. In 2009 the EPA ranked Louisiana as one of the top ten polluters of air and water in the United States.” —Richard Misrach

Image Copyright

© 1998 Richard Misrach / Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, Pace-MacGill Gallery and Marc Selwyn Fine Arts.