by Nolan Calisch and Nina Montenegro
Miller Creek is a two-mile stream near our home in Portland, Oregon. It originates in an ecologically intact area of Forest Park and empties into the Willamette River within close proximity to several industrial Superfund sites. After walking Miller Creek and encountering these seven tires, we returned to pull them from the creek bed. Working with a mechanic, we were able to date the tires and discover that their ages span sixty years. Our continued investigation into the history and future of these tires is based on our own interest in thinking about the psychology of waste and land use.