Mineral Washing Plant in Tharsis, Aljaraque, Huelva

The rejection of modern art by some has always seemed strange
to me, as if abstraction didn’t form part of an unconscious
creative process. I think now, in view of these incredible images,
that what is truly strange is the effort by some to solely and
faithfully reproduce conventional reality. Does the Earth know
that it produces art?
There is a striking resemblance between the immense seen from
above and the miniscule enlarged thousands of times. The
response to the same forces on different scales. That apparent
chaos of fluids in search of a path, whether in the wetlands or in
the tissues of the body, is a form of gestural art, the ‘action
painting’ of Nature and the ‘fluxus’ of Beuys and Vostell. Art
integrated into daily acts.

Juan Varela Simó

Mineral Washing Plant in Tharsis, Aljaraque, Huelva
37º 16’ 21.75’’ N 6º 59’ 03.728’’ W / December 19, 2005
Wetland adjacent to the former mineral washing plant of the
Mines of Tharsis, closed since the decade of the 1990s. Traces of
sulfur, copper and other minerals dug up and deposited here over
the last 100 years have dyed this wetland and offer the chromatic
beauty demonstrated by the photograph, whose colors and
distribution suggest the appearance of an oil painter’s palette.
Protection status: Wetlands of El Odiel Nature Reserve.
Photo: © Héctor Garrido