Bluie East Two – aesthetic pollution

Bluie was the United States military code name for Greenland during World War II
The United States assumed responsibility for the defence of Greenland in April 1941. Five base locations were set in the East of Greenland, and nine in the West of Greenland
Bluie East Two was a minor airfield at Ikateq. Ikateq means “shallow water”.
It was operational from 1942 to 1947.
When the U.S. Army abandoned the air base in 1947, everything was left behind. Vehicles, asbestos-laced structures and thousands of oil barrels.
The fuel from the barrels leaked into the fjord. It has been estimated that there are well over 10 000 barrels, many of which are still filled.
Ken Bower has launched a petition on urging the U.S. Army to clean up the base.
Further reading: Wikipedia: BluieWikipedia: Bluie East TwoDailymail and CBC News


I cannot deny it, I think the view is beautiful. The hangar skeleton reminds me of the backbone of a whale, the contrast between the human-made and the mountains in the background, between the decay and the flowering, the rusty iron against the vivid colours of lilac, green, grey and blue – seldom has the motives been so abundant. But at the same time, I know the history and I know about the big environmental problems. Can war and pollution be aesthetic?

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