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An Amassing of Loss
An Amassing of Loss

Industrial first-aid cabinet, glass laboratory bottles filled with waster motor oil and drinking water, steel tags, cork, twine, encaustic, cotton, cellulose, clay.

Periodic "blockbuster" oil spills make headlines, cause major trauma, and draw assistance and attention. Yet the vast majority of oil spilled into the world's oceans isn't escaped crude; runoff is the source of nearly 80% of the oil we put in the ocean. Common and constant smaller oil spills and runoff don't make news. They're too minor for anything but a band-aid, and a denial that small cuts, multiplied many repeated times, can indeed lead to massive blood loss. Embedded in the wax filling one shelf of this first aid cabinet are the common adsorbent materials used to clean small oil spills: the bandages of cleanup.