Units: Transplanted


The units of chemical plants line the roads around the northern Gulf Coast of Texas. These units process thousand of barrels of various petroleum products everyday. Just as the residents of northern Florida drive by thick forests of pine trees, the residents of the northern Gulf Coast of Texas drive by vast fields of chemical processing units. These major landscape characteristics appear entirely normal to the people from each area. This project takes a landscape seen as normal to one group of people and transplants it into a new environment and population generally unfamiliar with such a view. I hope that those of you who have found their way to this blog will comment on this project, and share with the rest how you respond to this imagery.

5 thoughts on “Units: Transplanted”

  1. At first, I thought this was an odd way to advertise an industrial park. I was glad to find out that was not the case.

  2. ok so i was glad that one was not being “Transplanted” to the tallahassee fl area

  3. I was hoping that a billboard with a picture of what seemed to be a refinery meant that either many good-paying jobs would be coming to our community or that the oil industry finally got off it’s ass and was building new refineries to help lower the price of a fill-up. Sadly, it is neither.
    Hey, at least it wasn’t some PETA crap.
    As for the project, most all areas have beauty AND blight. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    I bet the good folks in Port St. Joe would think that the old paper mill smokestack was the most wonderful sight they had seen if it started (again)spewing smoke into the air and dollars into the economy.

  4. I grew up in New Orleans and went to high school in college in Texas, then grad school and a career in Tallahassee. I’ve been along the Gulf Coast my whole life. Seeing the refinery photo on Capital Circle made me both a little nostalgic and a little apprehensive. Once I finally looked up the Web site I thought this was a cool project, and now look for the billboard each time I drive that way. This morning, while driving the other direction on Cap Circle (where I could not see the billboard) I saw the water treatment plant in a different light, with shorter tanks almost looking like a mini-refinery.

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