Tires: they keep our cars from flying off the road at 65 mph. But they also accumulate, rapidly, as you'll see in Edward Burtynky's "Oxford Tire Pile #1" (pictured). It's a rare photo of the world's largest, non-burning tire pile, and it's part of An Artificial Wilderness, a new exhibit opening at the Wadsworth on Aug. 31, assembling images of man's inpact on the environment by Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Claire Beckett, Frank Breuer, Edward Burtynsky, Olafur Eliasson and others, who snapped pics in Australia, Mexico, Bangladesh and elsewhere. It's a sad photo, and also kind of beautiful.
An Artificial Wilderness: The Landscape in Contemporary Photography
Aug. 31-Jan. 5, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, (860) 278-2670, wadsworthatheneum.org