The tragedy at Love Canal was one of the most devastating environmental disasters
in the history of the United States. The Love Canal crisis received national and
international attention, as the entire neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York had to
be relocated due to the amount of toxins in the soil and groundwater. The 21,000
tons of buried chemicals that oozed beneath the homes left everlasting scars on the
many residents who were unaware of the leaking barrels beneath their feet. These
toxic chemicals left permanent damage on the land and on the hundreds of people
who once resided in the neighborhood.
The tragedy did not end after the evacuation it was only the beginning. The
toxic wasteland, that was once called “home” by so many, has left irreversible
damage to the neighborhood and to the generations of relatives who once resided
there. Although much of the disasters details have been forgotten, generations
continue to suffer from its disastrous effects.
This body of work examines just a few of the effects of this environmental disaster
on my family, who once lived on the industrial site.