The True Cost of Coal
with the Beehive Design Collective
The True Cost of Coal is a collaboratively-produced, anti-copyright portable mural that maps the story of coal, from its relationship to water and people, to its place in the story of US labor history and colonialism. The image took 2 1/2 years and many hands to make, including an extensive process of research and feedback in coalfields communities in southern Appalachia.
The result is a portable, washable educational and organizing tool. Since its creation, the murals and accompanying storytelling and workshops have traveled to hundreds of schools and community spaces around the US and internationally, sparking dialogue and action on resource extraction and climate change. More than 10,000 copies of the image have also been distributed in poster form. (More on the project here.)
Zeph acted as a core member of the research, illustration and workshop facilitation teams.