Hard-hitting open air street gallery arrives in Liverpool

February 06, 2012

Tarnished Earth, a dramatic open air gallery of photographs by Jiri Rezac, telling the story of one of the world’s biggest ecological disasters, has arrived in Liverpool. 

Staged by The Co-operative Group in conjunction with WWF-UK and Greenpeace, Tarnished Earth is a free outdoor exhibition touring the UK’s major cities.

The three metre high installations of astounding images will be displayed in Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool ONE, until 22 February (2012).

Seen by more than five million people, Tarnished Earth shows how Canada’s magnificent Boreal Forest is being destroyed and polluted by the rush to extract oil from the tar sands just below the surface and, is described as “a spectacular presentation of pristine wilderness, human folly, consequences and alternatives – an exhibition of devastating power”.

Tarnished Earth image

The photographs are illuminated at night and contrast the destruction caused by the oil extraction with the area’s pristine wilderness and the traditional way of life of the indigenous First Nation Cree. The exhibition forms part of The Co-operative’s on-going Toxic Fuels campaign.

Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals and Sustainability at The Co-operative, said: “It is really important that people see for themselves the scale of the environmental destruction which is being done in order to extract oil from tar sands.

“The greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands oil are far greater than those of conventional oil, and its exploitation alone would be sufficient to take the world to the brink of runaway climate change.

“Tarnished Earth vividly portrays the impact tar sands operations are having on this beautiful area of boreal forest which has been home to wildlife and the indigenous Cree nations for thousands of years.”

Further information about the Tarnished Earth exhibition is available at www.tarnishedearth.co.uk

Contact Information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
T: 0161 827 5622
M: 07702 505551
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop