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Images from Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California
1999 Western States Book Award for Creative Nonfiction
William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America
Salton Sea Telephone Poles
Salton Sea Telephone Poles, image size 9"x23", platinum-palladium print with watercolor.
Edition of 25 with 3 artist's proofs

"In low places consequences collect, and in all North America you cannot get much lower than the Imperial Valley of southern California, where the waters of the Colorado river sustain a billion-dollr agricultural industry. The consequences of that industry drain from the valley into the accidentally man-made Salton Sea California's largest lake and in desperate environmental trouble. A second river ends in the Salton Sea. It is a river of dreams, the remains of which may be seen in the failed real estate developments that sprawl beside the sea. As the ending point of both the real Colorado and this river of dreams, the Salton Sea is emblematic of much of the history of the American West." Text by William deBuys

Salt Dreams: Reflections from the Downstream West-A Touring Exhibit
Salt Dreams, the exhibit, was organized and funded by the California Council for the Humanities.