Oakwood Heights, MI: Sacrifice Zone

As I warm up to do some new tableau work, I'm also working on a new series set in Oakwood Heights, MI. I first heard about the area from a "Toxic Tour" put on the UM School of Public Health, where I currently work. You can see one picture, along with part of my artist statement below. Head on over to the full gallery to see the pieces I've currently finished. It's an absolutely fascinating story and landscape that I can't wait to continually revisit.

"In the summer of 2010, the Detroit Free Press released a multi-part story highlighting life in Oakwood Heights, Michigan’s most polluted zip code. A report from the University of Michigan found that the average Toxic Burden Score measuring air pollution in the state was 56. Oakwood Heights was 2,576. In short, the air being breathed by the Oakwood Height’s residents was almost 46 times more polluted than the rest of the state."