Greetings from Portland, Oregon: Where We Block Oil Ships
Nicolas Lampert, 2016
available via Booklyn
Publication Date: January 2016
Artwork type: Editioned book
Medium: monoprint, photo
Dimensions: 9.5 in W x 7.0 in H x 0.75 in D
Binding Type: accordion
Edition Size: 15
Price: USD 800.00 available through Booklyn
Nicolas Lampert (artist)
Milwaukee, WI USA
Project assistance: Aspen Mitchell
On July 29, 2015 thirteen Greenpeace activists suspended themselves from the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon - preventing a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker ship - The Fennica - from leaving Portland for Arctic Waters. Gathered on the banks of the Willamette River in Cathedral Park were hundereds of supporters - including Nicolas Lampert taking photos from dusk to nightfall. In the water were "kyactivists" - representing the community and local environmental groups, including Portland Rising Tide and 350.org Portland. After preventing The Fennica from passing through for thirty-nine hours, the police removed a number of the climbers, allowing the ship to sail west to Astoria and then north to the Arctic.
Disappointment to The Fennica passing through the "blockadia" was tempered when two months later, in September, Shell Oil announced that it had abandoned plans for the season to drill in the Arctic, citing widespread public opposition, dangerous conditions, and smaller oil and gas reserves than expected. On a larger scale, the Portland action represented one action out of many in the global climate justice movement and the call to shift the energy sector to 100% renewables.
Greetings from Portland is a handmade book consisting of sixteen unique images of the action, each a citrus solve transfer of an original photo or digital print that references the look of postcards.
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New York Art Book Fair 2016 (NYABF 16)
Los Angeles Art Book Fair 2017 (LAABF 2017)
Codex International Book Art Fair 2017