Periscopic Tree for Homeland Security
Periscopic Tree for Homeland Security was produced with funds from The Port of San Diego and is on loan to The Port of San Diego as a component of its 2004 Urban Tree Project.
The Electic Fields of California
Because of the expansive scope and use of physical phenomenon, The Electric Fields of California has the ability to reach a large non-traditional art audience. We feel that this piece has the unique potential to effect public opinion and policy by graphically illustrating the power of these ambient Electromagnetic fields. Many scientists believe that there is a correlation between long-term exposure to strong magnetic fields and incidences of leukemia. As essentially electrical beings, it seems likely that the disruptions caused by poorly insulated electrical conduit can manifest physical effects on humans and animals exposed to these Electromagnetic fields on a regular basis. Energy issues in California have led many to call for massive expansion of energy production, but it should be understood that electrical transmission carries with it certain environmental effects.
This project is partially funded by grants from Gunk Foundation, New York and the Potrero Nuevo Fund, San Francisco.
The Klines erected a flag at the center of the newly acquired property at N40°47.833’ W113°48.505’ and are exercising their mineral rights by offering for sale vials of “Salt o’ the Earth”, mined from FORTY ACRES.
The process of marking the land brought a flood of thoughts, a strangely authentic pride of ownership, a feeling for the wonder and desperation of the early settlers as they struggled to cross the terrain by wagon and on foot and recognition of the vast physical changes to the local topography that has been brought by development. This development is seen mainly in the form of vast mining operations which dominate the drive from Salt Lake City to Wendover, Utah. Encouraged by local land use ordinances, a miner need only stake off a parcel of land, put up posts and file a few papers to extract minerals from the earth. In recent years a nominal filing fee has been added but the overarching mentality can only be described as a land grab, a Manifest Destiny with no shots fired.