Rainbow Lava page 178

Effluent Boil and Steam page 257

Meccano Set page 36

Essay Contributor


Allan Adam
Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation: Balancing Culture, Rights and Economics in Alberta’s Tar Sands, pp.13-15

one of 16 essays in Beautiful Destruction

Slick Sunset pp. 30-31

Construction Crane pp. 34-35

Sulphur and Snow pp. 126-127

Essay Contributor

Elizabeth May
Member of Parliament, Leader of the Green Party

Bitumen Beautiful pp.76-77

one of 16 essays in Beautiful Destruction

Open Pit Bitumen Mine page 81

Winter Logging page 105

Frozen Snow Floes in Bitumen page 175

SAGD Pad in Muskeg page 198

Essay Contributor

Ezra Levant
Author and Columnist

This is What Ethical Oil Looks Like pp. 92-93
one of 16 essays in Beautiful Destruction

Athabasca Raider page 163

Muskeg Forest Island page 186

Four Tanks and Pipes page 49

Essay Contributor

Bill McKibben
President and Co-Founder of 350.org

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, pp.222-223
one of 16 essays in Beautiful Destruction

Tonka Trucks pp. 4-5

Bulldozer 5630 pp. 64-65

Pipe Yard page 96

Essay Contributor

Rick George
Former President and CEO of Suncor Energy Inc.

Sun-Rise, pp.56-57
one of 16 essays in Beautiful Destruction

Effluent Steam pp. 176-177

Caution Sign pp. 220-221

Residual Bitumen pp. 278-279

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Media and Reviews

Media articles & reviews. Newspapers. Magazines. Radio. TV. Blogs. CBC. New York Times. CTV. Business Insider. Globe & Mail. Quill & Quire. Adbusters. Macleans.


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Essay Contributors

Sixteen essays by high profile individuals from the oil industry, environmental movements, the arts, local communities, national political parties, medicine, democracy organizations, and the media.


Numbered editions (of 350) of the Beautiful Destruction book bundled with the art collector’s choice of a limited edition archival print of photograph from the book are available exclusively through the author.


The name of each aerial photograph appears in Denesuline and Cree, the two Indigenous languages of Northern Alberta & Saskatchewan as well as English. Two essays also appear in the native language of their authors (Denesuline & French).

About the Artist

Artist, aerial photographer and author Louis Helbig brings a diverse background to his work. A graduate degree from the London School of Economics. Canada’s nordic ski team. Bush pilot. University instructor.


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Louis Helbig
149 Patterson Ave. Ottawa, ON, Canada

613 263 0264    email


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