Kane, who is perhaps best known for his work as a painter and installation artist in Scarborough, has been closely following the progress of the £1.7 billion potash mine since 2011. With unique access to the York Potash offices and working sites, Kane has produced a catalogue of photographic insight into the project which includes the exploration drilling, UK crop trials, public consultation events, planning meetings, site preparations, social events and the people that work on the project.
During the last four years Kane has also been busy creating large-scale paintings, etchings, silkscreen prints and watercolours, which are also available to view and purchase on his new website.
Kane said: “As a painter I have always been interested in our industrial past, working landscapes and the archaeology of forgotten places. Packhorse tracks, Roman roads, boundary stones and Celtic crosses are touchstones to our past and help to tell a story of people and their lives throughout history.
“I am recording the present for the future, to create a visual response to a project which will offer opportunities for thousands of people within this region. This is the most exciting project I have ever worked on and a creative challenge that will last for years.”
The photography from his work will become part of the company archive and a record of its development for future generations to come. Selected works will be on display at the company’s Annual General Meeting in York, in September and then exhibited at various art galleries across North Yorkshire. People interested in the project can see the work on display now via the website, yorkpotashartist.co.uk.by