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UW Art Exhibition Examines the Chilean Patagonia in the Face of Destruction

November 5, 2012

Artist Caleb Owen’s exhibition “Patagonia Sin Represas” can be seen Nov. 12- Nov. 30 in the University of Wyoming Union Gallery 234. A reception will be held Friday, Nov. 30, from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery.

Patagonia is a changing place, Owen says.

“Formerly wild, it has recently had an influx of tourism and technology. The greatest change is due to Chile’s immediate energy needs,” he says. "Recent changes have led to electrical companies constructing several large hydroelectric dams on Chile’s biggest rivers.”

Owen, in 2012, served an internship in Chilean Patagonia, where he learned about the HydroAysen project. The project would flood more than 15,000 acres and require a 2,000-kilometer transmission line. Owen took photos to highlight the uniqueness of Chilean Patagonia and raise awareness of what could be lost if the HydroAysen project was approved.

Gallery 234 sponsors this event. Individuals needing assistance to attend should call the Campus Activities Center at (307) 766-6340. For more information, visit

Caleb Owen photographed much of the Chilean Patagonia to stop construction projects.

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