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Prints | Photographs | Sculptures
7th Session

September 03 - September 24, 2020

Current bid: $5,500 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

24425 23-Sep-2020 11:46:44 PM $5,500

28725 09-Sep-2020 11:01:51 PM $5,000

LOT 607

Edward Burtynsky
1955 -

Three Gorges Dam Project, Feng Jie #5, Yangtze River, China
chromogenic colour print
on verso signed, titled, editioned 4/10 and dated 2002 on the artist's label
27 x 34 in, 68.6 x 86.3 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

Sold for: $6,875

Preview at:

Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Fine Photography, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, October 28, 2010, lot 102
Private Collection, Toronto

Canadian Art, Spring 2003, Volume 20, No. 1, reproduced front cover

In this 2002 photograph, Edward Burtynsky documents the city and people of Feng Jie as they demolished their own edifices by hand, brick by brick, to make way for the Three Gorges Dam reservoir. The flooding from this hydro-electric dam, by far the world’s largest, required the relocation of 13 cities and more than 1.24 million people, and remains an extraordinary and controversial solution to China’s ever-increasing power needs. This image is a testament to the culture lost beneath the rubble that extends as far as the eye is permitted, seen through a haze of construction dust and small fires. Burtynsky astutely points out that although these images resemble war zones, they are in fact industrial sites, and represent a willingness for change on a massive scale in exchange for power.

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