Pennsylvania Artist Draws Attention to Fracking

by Duane Nichols on June 15, 2013

"Shale Perception" art works on display in Gettysburg, PA

Twenty “Shale Perception” Works on Display in Gettysburg, PA

From Article by Travis Kellar, Carlisle Sentinel, June 11, 2013

Robb Bomboy said fracking for natural gas in the state’s Marcellus Shale formations is “erasing” Pennsylvania woodlands. That led him to the creation of an art exhibit, “Shale Perception,” to draw attention to the impact of fracking on the environment. Bomboy said he started the project two years ago while on a camping trip in Sproul State Forest to document natural gas drilling sites. 

His exhibit opened June 4 in the main gallery of Harrisburg Area Community College’s Gettysburg campus, 731 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg.Bomboy is an art and photography teacher at Cumberland Valley High School, Mechanicsburg, PA.

The exhibit, which includes of 20 large-scale nature photographs that are printed and mounted on canvases, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Sept. 5. Admission is free.

“‘Shale Perception’ is all about how we perceive the gas industry,” Bomboy said. “In our area, I feel it is ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ Yet all of the policy and regulations are made here in Harrisburg.”

The exhibit is not the only means Bomboy uses to draw attention to fracking. He installed nine carved figures at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg as part of the “Art in the Wild” exhibit. The exhibit is sponsored by the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department.

“They are generic effigies of the Moai statues on Easter Island,” Bomboy said. “I wanted to communicate the power of nature over man and the mutability of man’s works.” To learn more about Robb Bomboy and his art, including a look at “Shale Perception,” visit

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