About The Work
#1 Distributor, Ontario Generating Station, Niagara Falls, 2006
Since the 1970s, the turn-of-the-century hydroelectric infrastructure that pioneered commercial power generation at Niagara Falls has been progressively decommissioned and left to decay. In 2006, much of what remained was gutted or sealed behind concrete bulkheads, leaving just one of the falls' historic powerhouses intact, though it too is imperilled by the absence of funding to maintain the building. This photograph is part of a series exploring the cavernous spaces of hydroelectric generation at Niagara, revealing the tunnels, wheelpits and turbines that once captured and directed great quantities of water to the purpose of producing electricity.
#1 Distributor, Ontario Generating Station, Niagara Falls, is part of Michael Cook's contribution to AbC's WATER anthology.
About the Print
These editions, supervised by the artist, are printed with archival pigment inks on a matte Fine Art paper. The ink and paper combination have a display permanence rating of 150+ years. All our prints are made with the greatest attention to quality and a concern for permanence.
About the Artist
Michael Cook has been delving into underground spaces since 2003. While focused on urban drainage and sewer systems, his inquiries have also included utility networks, abandoned hydroelectric infrastructure and base metals mines.
He has contributed writing and photographs to HTO: Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow Toilets (Coach House Books, 2008), The BLDGBLOG Book (Chronicle Books, 2009) and Water (Alphabet City, 2009). His work has also been exhibited at Fort York and at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. Cook is a graduate student at York University, where his current research considers the political geography of resource exploitation in remote regions.