Today was a long day, but a very fulfilling one. I drove from Wendover, UT, which was a town that had slot machines in one of the gas station's to the town of Lucin, UT. Lucin is not your normal town, in the way that there is no town really. I surprisingly saw one vehicle but no buildings. I traveled there to visit the second Earthwork of my trip which is called Sun Tunnels by American artist Nancy Holt. The work is comprised of four large concrete tunnels that have been strategically placed to align themselves with the summer and winter solstices. If I recall Double Negative also had an importance to its placement. The placement of material or in the case of Heizers piece, the removal of material both depends on the structure of line and how one might place and/or navigate themselves within the existing work.
In the case of Holt's work the importance of line falls on the winter and summer solstices. The concrete tunnels are placed within the open land, but the spherical shape allows the viewer to extract a smaller segment of that land, hence whatever the viewer's eyes might frame through the tunnel. The holes that are drilled through the tunnels represent different constellations. As the sun shines and works it's way east to west, the cast light from the holes shifts throughout the day.
Getting to the tunnels by car is fairly easy, provided you have directions. Cell service is dropped quickly after you turn on the road to Lucin. I second guessed myself a few times weather or not I was going the right way. I would turn around then turn back. I said to myself AM I GOING TO FIND THE TUNNELS? Realistically I was going to find them and was just psyching myself out. After the train tracks you take that road a few miles, then take a left on to another unnamed road for 2 miles, which then finally you can see the Tunnels to the east and you take your final right about a mile to earthwork. I had a lot of fun photographing them today.
Today I drove North through Nevada all the way to Utah. What a beautiful state. I was on a one lane highway the entire drive, minus Rt. 15 which cuts through the strip of Vegas. I think the strip makes up most of the population within the state of Nevada. I was able to witness an amazing view of the sky, which had scattered storms throughout my drive. Here are a few photos of the sky and these quite elegant power line structures.
Today I went to experience the Earthwork called Double Negative by artist Michael Heizer. This specific earthwork is located just outside of Overton, NV, which is about 90 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
While steadily holding the steering wheel my car inched its way up the rough terrain of the mountain away from civilization. Heavily breathing, but trying to stay calm, I wondered where exactly this road was leading me? To the right of me was the side of the mountain and to the left was a steep edge. As my car peaked the mountain I was back to flat land and the directions said to pass the cattle gate and continue straight for 3 miles. There were no cattle. I eventually reached the open canyon and turned left at the second cattle gate, now I was driving parallel to the canyon on a highly rough terrain road, that is if I would even call it a road. I worked my way down the road for about two miles and I was there. I parked my car, exited and walked 50 yards to one of the two “cuts” in the land.
Double negative is comprised of two long deep cuts that have been made into the rock at the edge of the canyon. The two cuts are on opposite sides of the canyon, but are strategically place to line up with one another.
I was able to experience the open land in complete solitude and take in the remarkable simplicity of the cuts. Legs slightly shaking from the drive, I took a deep breath and allowed myself to just take in this physical experience, for this is what I had been waiting for. Standing at the edge of the northern cut looking south I grasped the spatial perspective of line. That’s exactly what it comes down to…
Drove from San Diego to Vegas today. I find it strange to view new locations that people reside in from the highway. Quickly passing through a conglomeration of signs and buildings that we see everyday, while a heap of vehicles whiz by. That soon ended as I headed further northeast and slipped back into a desolate and bare highway with the only visual distraction being a rusty broke down trailer here and there. Me, myself and my driving were back to a peaceful state.
So these next series of photos are taken as I approached Nevada. I would see and exit name that intrigued like the name xxyzx. These exits often ended up becoming gravel roads and led me to the middle of nowhere. As i look through the view finder I carefully frame the lines that make up the composition.
So I have begun my trip to the southwest states to visit a series of Earthworks. It starts in Phoenix! Why? Well i needed to rent a car for my trip and to save the most money I need to drop the car off at the same location at the end of my trip to avoid outrageous fees! Also Phoenix seemed to be the city that was right in the middle of the large circular drive that I'm taking. So where first? California!
I"m already making friends with the land!
Ceramicist, artist, traveler. Until the funds run out.