Rachel Bacon

Periodic Table of the Elements, 2003


Periodic Table of the Elements


The periodic system of the elements was sandblasted into concrete street pavers and installed as a play area next to a playground contaminated by deposits of heavy metals. This piece was made for a Summer exhibition in Roermond, NL, with the theme the river Maas, which flows through the city. Installed on the banks of the river next to a children’s playground, the mud left behind by the annual winter flooding has contaminated the ground with the heavy metals zinc, cadmium, mercury and chrome among others.


Cement pavers, 290 x 560 cm, 2003


Collection of the City of Roermond, NL




View of the Maas.