SILENT SPRING 2018, Frank Raes

40 x 60 x 50 cm

paper, wood, iron

In 1962, Rachel Carson, a US scientist and writer, publishes her one but last book: “Silent Spring”. She writes about the indiscriminate effects that pesticides and other man-made chemicals have on nature: land, forests, rivers, birds, children, ... The book laid the foundations of the environmental movement

“Here in our village the elm trees have been sprayed for several years. When we moved here six years ago, there was a wealth of bird life. I put up a feeder and had a steady stream of cardinals, chickadees, downies and nuthatches all winter, and the cardinals and chickadees brought there young ones in the summer. After several years of DDT spray, the town is almost devoid of robins and starlings; chickadees have not been on my shelf for years, and this year the cardinals are gone too; the nesting population in the neighbourhood seems to consist of one dove pair and perhaps one catbird family.”

The last book of Rachel Carson was:   ”The Sense of Wonder”