This piece is titled “Aftermath, Prince William Sound” marking the oil spill on March 24, 1989 of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez, which struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska spilling an estimated 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine waters of PWS.
This is a shallow 14” bowl in Silver Maple with a delicate raised bead on the rim and a back-cut relief on the interior sweep. The piece was chosen to represent this event because of the degradation of the heartwood caused by the Xylaria hypoxylon fungus. The fine black zone lines in the lower heartwood area mimic pools of oil on the water as it is being washed ashore.
My “Aftermath” series projects have been some of the most popular pieces I have turned over the years, each piece marking a significant event in human history (without regard to the politics of the event) that in many ways, changed the way we all look at the world around us. As a result of this spill, the oil industry began a massive effort to replace the global fleet of oil tankers to double-hulled versions to increase the safety of transporting crude oil in the world’s waters.
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