Artwork > Westslope Cutthroat Trout (a canary in the coal mine)

Critical habitat for the westslope cutthroat trout lies within in the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project footprint. These fish are just one of the many species at risk threatened by open-pit coal mining in Alberta. Deformities found in and population decline of the westslope cutthroat trout in rivers and creeks near Teck Resources’ Elk Valley coal mining operations serve as a warning of the devastating impacts that open-pit coal mining will bring to southwestern Alberta.

Participants are invited to take a piece of charcoal and rub the an invisible drawing to reveal and complete it. The drawings can be taken when participants leave the gallery as a way to connect to the fish, Grassy Mountain, and the Crowsnest River Watershed.

Westslope Cutthroat Trout (canary in the coalmine)
Participatory artwork, milk and charcoal on paper
22.86 x 30.48 cm
Westslope Cutthroat Trout (canary in the coalmine)
Participatory artwork, milk and charcoal on paper
Westslope Cutthroat Trout (canary in the coalmine)
Participatory artwork, milk and charcoal on paper
Westslope Cutthroat Trout (canary in the coalmine)
Participatory artwork, milk and charcoal on paper
22.86 x 30.48 cm
2020
Crowsnest River Watershed
Milk and charcoal on paper
55.88 x 76.2 cm
2020
Crowsnest River Watershed
Heated milk on paper
55.88 x 76.2 cm
2020
Canary Resuscitator Cage
from the Western Canadian History department of the Royal Alberta Museum
30.48 cm l x 10.16 cm w x 25.4 cm h
Coal Miner's Canary Cage
Wood, wire, ceramic water jug
16.2 x 12.4 x 15.6 cm
Canary Awaiting Resuscitation
Heated milk on paper
17.78 x 25.4 cm
2020