Underwater Cities

“In 2009, it will be among the last settlements to be evacuated of people and submerged under the waters of the Three Gorges Dam,
uprooting its inhabitants forever. Kaixian, the 1800 years of my childhood home’s history, expunged.”
Yang Yi

Thirteen major cities, 140 smaller cities and towns and 1,352 villages, 1,600 factories, and 700 schools were submerged by the Three Gorges project that cost US$30 billion.  The slogans that were to encourage the 1.4 million residents forced to move included: “Forsake the small home. Support the big home.”

Fascinating stuff.  The artwork above is so moving, is it not? So sad and poignant.


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