Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda has a gallery showing at the West Vancouver Museum until February 23rd, 2013. From the museum site:
"The West Vancouver Museum is pleased to present internationally acclaimed artist Manabu Ikeda’s latest work,Meltdown. The impulse for the development of Meltdown comes from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which followed the vast devastation that resulted from the Great East Japan Earthquake and deadly tsunami on March 11, 2011. Ikeda’s new work is derived from his concerns over the nuclear failures and meltdown, as well as the release of radioactive elements into the environment. The impact of the disaster came as a shock to Ikeda, making him acutely aware that industrialization through the building of factories and energy plants has a significant impact on people’s lives, making them vulnerable to catastrophe. He feels that industrial growth is unsustainable. Consequently, people are driven to the periphery of their habitable environment and some decide to leave their hometown as a result of over-development.”
Personally, this image makes me think of the materials lost in the preceding tsunami and how much of this has washed ashore on Vancouver Island, The Queen Charlotte Islands, and so on.
The tip of the iceberg, as it were.