David Brooks: Case Study Weld County 2017

David Brooks: Case Study Weld County 2017


Ebony Street, 2017
FDM 3D print from wood fibers fused with a corn-based plastic, bar clamps, steel sawhorse, hardware. (re-assembled 3D prints of real homes all lying within one hundred feet of active fracking well pads.)

This sculpture is 1 of 6 sculptures made for the Case Study: Weld County, CO project I did in 2017 for the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at the Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Weld County, Colorado, arguably has the densest number of active fracking wells in the country. A map illustrating the underground network of active gas extraction lines reveals a sprawling, tightly-knit mesh of export pipelines sitting just below the playgrounds, carpeted living rooms and manicured front lawns. Here, the domestic and the everyday come in intimate proximity to the inhuman-scaled industries of resource extraction.

Case Study: Weld County, CO consists of re-assembled 3D prints of real homes, all lying within one hundred feet of active fracking well pads. Image scans were taken only from what was observable from a pedestrian’s point of view, from roads or sidewalks. This restricted approach to the scanning process presented anomalies within the modeling program. When the scans were assembled to form a 3D model, the software unpredictably supplemented missing information or omitted existing information – collapsing the clouds into rooflines and treetops or misreading interior for exteriors.

Such deformations make evident the disconnect between our actions and how we perceive them. This exhibition looks at how we normalize our impact on the natural world and the perceived consequences to our own health.

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