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website: www.jugglingklines.com
1960 South Citrus Avenue
Escondido, CA 92027
phone: 760-432-9436
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Larry and Debby Kline


Periscopic Tree for Homeland Security
© Debby and Larry Kline

The Electric Fields of California
© Debby and Larry Kline


Forty Acres
© Debby and Larry Kline

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Periscopic Tree for Homeland Security
San Diego plays a major role in maintaining the national security of the United States. Periscopic Tree for Homeland Security addresses the current political landscape with a sense of humor. Our nation’s leaders have informed the general public to remain ever watchful and alert. In light of this environment and San Diego’s history as a part of the military industrial complex, we have created an urban tree that helps to fulfill this purpose. Periscopic Tree for Homeland Security is fitted with optics, making it a working periscope. The tree keeps a constant vigil, its gaze fixed on the bayfront, shipyards, airport, etc. Passers-by are encouraged to play an active role in national security by scanning the local landscape for suspicious activity. Its 360-degree swivel action also allows viewers to gaze into the windows of the local seat of government located directly across the harbor drive. True to its naval heritage, the Periscopic Tree is painted from trunk to steel canopy in stylish battleship gray.

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.

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The Electic Fields of California
The Electric Fields of California is a series of installations that deal with health and environmental concerns surrounding electrical transmission and bring a new perspective to the western landscape. The piece consists of a series of outdoor light sculptures, using ambient electrical fields beneath electrical power lines to illuminate fluorescent light bulbs. Overhead power lines often generate an electrical field strong enough to excite the plasma in fluorescent light bulbs at ground level without the need for electrical connections. We have created four florescent installations stretching across the state of California from the US/Mexico border to San Francisco. The installations are temporary, although we are looking for a site on which we can install a permanent light piece.

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.

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Forty Acres
The Bonneville Salt Flats, famous as the site of many land speed records, is now also the site of FORTY ACRES an artwork completed by Debby and Larry Kline throughThe Center for Land Use and Interpretation’s artist’s residency program ...Using GPS and BARE BONES, their version of a quarter-scale M1 tank, the Klines marked off the property and successfully claimed the land on July 27, 2006.

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.

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