The Parallel Between Roads and Arteries: A Visual Depiction
(Pencil Crayon and Ink on 60 lb Paper, Redacted Background)
As traffic physically clogs roadways, a variety of toxins are emitted that can produce related health effects, such as clogged arteries associated with ischemic heart disease. This artwork is inspired by "The association between chronic exposure to traffic-related air polution and ischemic heart disease" (Beckerman et al., 2012). This piece aims to tangibly demonstrate the parallel that can be made between the clogged roads depicted within it and the clogged arteries that they directly funnel into. This is a dark, but arguably necessary, rendering of traffic contributing to the clogging of arteries over time. This blatantly unavoidable correlation that is almost invisible in day-to-day life is made visible through increasing evidence linking traffic-related air pollution to ischemic heart disease as well as through this visualization.
Beckerman BS, Jerrett M, Finkelstein M, Kanaroglou P, Brook JR, Arain MA, et al. The association between chronic exposure to traffic-related air pollution and ischemic heart disease. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. 2012;75(7):402–11.