Replenishing the Mississippi River Delta Canvas Print
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As I researched Venice, Louisiana, I noticed people called it the “end of the world.” I wondered why…
We left New Orleans around 4 AM and followed the Mississippi toward the Gulf of Mexico. Shady civilization quickly gave way to nothingness. We weren’t in Kansas anymore.
The rendezvous point was the Weeks Marine job trailer in a boatyard. After a quick safety chat, we piled into two pickups and headed for the work area.
At this point, the sun unveiled the landscape. Tall grass, water, and birds were all we could see as we drove along a narrow strip of land made of beach sand. Little did we know the land we traversed didn’t exist only months prior.
We met the day crew as the night crew tracked their machines to the lineup. The crew chatted and joked under an American flag waving in the wind. Only a stone’s throw away, their machines stood at the ready, muddy and rusty from the harshness of the work.
Over five miles away, sitting in the middle of the Mississippi River, was a Weeks cutter dredge, sucking (for lack of a better term) sand off the bottom of the channel and pumping it to where we stood.
Using huge steel pipes moved and assembled by loaders and dozers, the crews directed the sand slurry wherever needed. The goal was to replenish the habitat, leaving behind a huge stretch of land for the native animals of the Mississippi River Delta, and provide storm protection for inland civilization.
As the day shift began, they tracked their dozers and marsh buggies into the water for another day of directing the water and sand with as little effort as possible. The more they could let gravity do, the better.
Never shoot into the sun? Bad advice…
- Responsibly sourced, FSC-certified wood for long-lasting, high-quality stretcher bars
- Available in thick (approx. 4cm/1.6") option, with hanging hardware included
- Durable coated fabric canvas (300-350gsm/110-130lb cover, 350-400 microns thick)
- Hanging kit included, may vary by country
- Protective packaging and strong boxes for secure shipping
- Sizes in inches for US/Canada, centimeters for the rest of the world
- Printed and shipped on demand, with no minimums required
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Please note: Colored edges are not supported.