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Beauty Passing Through Us: Natural History and Art as Intervention

An Exhibition in Support of Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss

June 24 - August 26, 2021

Copper Vessels

Curt Pfeffer


14” x 14” x 14” each


The copper mining industry in Jerome, Arizona left behind a blighted landscape and polluted waters.  When the ore ran out Jerome became a ghost town.  Eventually artists moved in and started using the very metals that were extracted to make sculpture and jewelry.  

As a sculptor using copper as my primary medium I have come to recognize how the country as a whole has both suffered and benefited from the mining industry.  So in some small way I would like to think that the creative use of these materials is a way of giving back.