MACHIAS, Maine — The Beehive Design Collective is holding a release party for its most recent poster, “The True Cost of Coal,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Machias Valley Grange.
The graphic illustration is “a visual exploration of mountaintop removal coal mining and resistance,” according to the collective.
In 2008, the Beehive Design Collective aligned with Appalachian grass-roots organizers to fight mountaintop-removal coal mining, a practice that involves blasting mountains to get at the coal to fuel the demand for electricity. A team of volunteer artists and educators designed the new poster, intended to help people understand the effects of national energy choices.
The poster took two years to create and is an elaborate narrative illustration that explores the complex story of mountaintop-removal coal mining and the broader impacts of coal.
To make the poster, Beehive members interviewed hundreds of community members throughout the Appalachian region. The members crafted the stories into visual metaphors in a large banner.
The Beehive Collective is booking a nationwide tour to distribute the graphic throughout the country.