p. Cerro de Pasco, Peru

Some Months ago, we where invited by Afuera to take part on an interesting project in Cerro de Pasco (Peru), a mining city high in the Central Andes at 4500 m altitude. The conditions where really hard.

“Originally a small and sustainable mining community for the Inka empire, the town experienced rapid growth and unprecedented wealth during the colonial era, but is now plagued by environmental and social issues caused by current mining operations.”

“Simultaneous to the encroaching open pit,  the waste from the mine is deposited on large mounds which continuously seeps poisonous contaminants into the local aquifer and atmosphere of the town.”

In the first approach to Cerro de Pasco, we found some beautiful instalations…

…and traditional paints.