Toby Smith

British photographer Toby Smith goes searching for old and new landmarks of industry. Both are easily overlooked. A relic from the steam era, a collapsed old pier covered in snow, reminds us how what was new and exciting in the Victorian era would eventually rust and become obsolete. Now the old iron pier is scrap to be recycled. By contrast, the steaming, gleaming new cooling towers of a nuclear plant will produce waste that nobody wants. Hissing into a purple dusk, it's easy to forget they, too, are impermanent structures. Some new technology will replace them, though the radioactive waste will be with us for centuries. (Also on view: Smith's images of ruined old churches and palaces.) BRIAN MILLER

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: June 3. Continues through June 26, 2010

 
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