Nina Montenegro
  Seven Tires at Miller Creek, 2014    Miller Creek is a two-mile stream near our home. It originates in an ecologically intact area of Forest Park and empties into the Willamette River within close proximity to several industrial Superfund sites.   In the fall of 2013, a week after walking Miller Creek and encountering these seven tires, Nolan Calisch and I returned to pull them from the creek bed. Working with a mechanic we were able to date the tires and discover that their ages span the duration of sixty years.   Our continued   investigation into the history and future of these tires is based on our own   interest in thinking about the psychology of waste and land use in our culture.    Using the example of Miller Creek as a conceptual springboard, we have developed a participatory workshop that encourages others to use art as an investigatory tool to address social issues in their immediate environment.     Seven Tires at Miller Creek  was published in Orion Magazine's March/April 2014 issue. Read our interview on Orion's blog  here .

Seven Tires at Miller Creek