This project was commissioned by the California Air Resources Board. It is comprised of multiple parts: a photo-documentary body of work, a series of online education modules and a public artwork installed at the campus of CARB's new Southern California Headquarters.
Photography, text, education modules, and public artwork by Noé Montes.
The original community engagement component of this project entailed using the materials generated by the process to educate residents of the Inland Empire about the issue of air quality through a series of workshops with community partners at different locations. Due to COVID-19 the educational programming was converted to a set of online modules available to anyone. They can be found at: artandairquality.com
Public Art Installation
Photographs from the documentary body of work were combined into the design of an artwork titled "Paradise". This mural is installed at the California Air Resources Board new Southern California campus located in Riverside California. The mural is approximately 84 feet long by 12 feet high and it is made up of panels of the material Richlite which have been machined to depict a design that combines resident portraits and natural elements of the Inland Empire.
Recognition and Appreciation
I am indebted to the residents of the Inland Empire for their time and for sharing their experiences in the service of this effort.
Thanks to the California Air Resources Board for this commission and their financial support of this project.
Dyson and Womack managed this project throughout its duration and were an indispensable part of it.
Machine Histories assisted in the design of the pubic artwork and manufactured and installed it at CARB's new Southern California Headquarters located in Riverside California.