Across America’s Rust Belt, abandoned mines are leaching toxins into rivers and streams, turning them shades of dirty red. The color is disturbing, but for two men, it’s also the tint of inspiration. One is a civil engineer who has begun extracting these toxins from the waters; the other is an artist, who transforms that material into acrylic paint and stunning works of art. This is one promising example of how art and science can collaborate to make our world a better place.
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