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Confluence, An Art Installation
Laurie Bogdan and Kimberley Harding
The installation Confluence, sited on the Assabet River Rail Trail in Maynard Center overlooking the Assabet River, was created by artists Laurie Bogdan and Kimberley Harding. Depicting the convergence of three Massachusetts rivers, Confluence illustrates the issues of human impact on Massachusetts waterways. The extremities depict the pollution from the textile industry, mercury build up, and the excess silt and algae bloom caused by climate change. The rivers’ convergence in the center provides a brighter, more hopeful view, portraying local efforts to mitigate the damage. Since the 1970s efforts to improve the water quality and quantity, preserve habitats, and deal with invasive species have made improvements, but there is still much work to be done. As the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers converge, so should their neighbors also unite to preserve and improve all Massachusetts Waterways.