Paul Turano
Smokestack
2011
Video
3:00
The death throes of old energy witnessed by the innocent, inspired by the George Bataille essay "Smokestack":

“I am, of course, not unaware that for most people the smokestack is merely the sign of mankind's labor, and never the terrible projection of that nightmare which develops obscurely, like a cancer, within mankind. Obviously one does not, as a rule, continue to focus on that which is seen as the revelation of a state of violence for which one bears some responsibility. This childish or untutored way of seeing is replaced by a knowing vision which allows one to take a factory smokestack for a stone construction forming a pipe for the evacuation of smoke high into the air-which is to say, for an abstraction.”
- from George Bataille “Smokestack” 1929