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Art - Issue #3

Nuclear plants

Words by Anna Souter
Artworks by Anaïs Tondeur

Plants have an extraordinary ability to grow and adapt in even the most hostile environments. Anna Souter explores how plants have survived the worst manmade disasters - and considers how vegetal beings can offer an alternative model for living in the face of the environmental crisis.

Thesium humifusum. All images: Exclusion Zone, Chernobyl, Radiation level: 1.7 Microsieverts/h.

‘‘What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish?’’

— TS Eliot, The Waste Land, The Criterion (October 1922)

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