Parts per trillion

2016 - 2019


Edition of earthenware ceramic sculptures


Each object is the result of a process that began with the artist collecting photogrammetry scans of found artifacts that come into contact with the Bow River Watershed. These forms were then reproduced using a ceramic 3D printing process and were fired in an excavated pit along the banks of the Bow River in Edworthy Park.


This archive was produced while Gurysh met with water quality experts studying river sediment transport, explored active archaeological digs, and encountered the ongoing operations of the Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant, the Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as the Manchester Central Store which supplies Water Services with critical spare parts and equipment.


This project was developed while participating in the Dynamic Environment Lab, commissioned by The City of Calgary WATERSHED+ Public Art Program


Special thanks to the DE LAB team: Sans Fa├žon, Randy Niessen, Alex Lingau, Heather Campbell and Heather Aitken; Brian Vivian of Lifeways of Canada, Senior UEP Watershed Biologist, Eric Camm, and UEP staff at the Manchester Central Store, Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant, and Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant; North Mount Pleasant Arts Center and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.


Exhibited at Contemporary Calgary, 2019