For What It’s Worth project, an attempt to visualise the output of a mine, by photographer and artist from Cape Town Dillon Marsh.
Dillon Marsh took photos of five famous mines and then using data about extraction rates, calculated a spherical body representing the amount of copper that had been mined.
Above image: West O’okiep Mine, Okiep (1862 to the early 1970s). Over 500m deep, 284,000 tonnes of copper extracted. Credit Dillon Marsh
“Whether they are active or long dormant, mines speak of a combination of sacrifice and gain. Their features are crude, unsightly scars on the landscape – unlikely feats of hard labour and specialised engineering, constructed to extract value from the earth but also exacting a price.
These images combine photography and computer generated elements in an effort to visualise the output of a mine. The CGI objects represent a scale model of the materials removed from each mine, a solid mass occupying a scene showing the ground from which it was extracted.”
Read more at Dillon Marsh website