This is the background for my original design, Solstice.
In the summer of 2010, there was a march in Detroit protesting the incinerator there, the largest solid-waste incinerator in the country, located right next to residential Eastside and downtown. Volunteers worked in advance to create giant sunflowers in lieu of protest signs. Not coincidentally, Asthma rates in children are twice as high in Detroit as compared with the rest of the state. The march was part of a decades-long struggle to take on the Detroit incinerator, a structure that has cost so much to the living beings in southeast Michigan, in health, safety, and money. It was organized by the Zero Waste Detroit coalition and allied EJ organizers from around the country including Ananda Tan, Ahmina Maxey, and David Solnit. Although it didn’t take down the incinerator, was an invigorating event of solidarity, beauty, and community power. You can learn more about the ill effects of the incinerator from Zero Waste Detroit.