Growth – Nairobi
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36” x 36”, acrylic, 2000

Growth is good. Growth is bad. During the 20th century we seem to have been obsessed with growth and bigger is better as virtues. But unbridled growth of almost anything can be disastrous. This especially applies to human population. It is hard on the present generation but also on future generations and especially on nature.

This view from the air of a Nairobi slum brought it home to me. Without a change in philosophy the future of human settlement will look increasingly like this. Soaring above I have painted two white-backed vultures, perhaps one of the few creatures that will be compatible with this blighted future.