Download PDF by William L. Fox: Aereality: Essays on the World from Above

By William L. Fox

ISBN-10: 1582434298

ISBN-13: 9781582434292

Photographs AND A STORY

PART 1: Out West
1 Targeting
2 Earthworks
3 The Pit . . .
4 . . . and the Stack
5 The Horizontal City
6 The Angels of Mulholland Drive
7 Surveillance


PART 2: again East
8 Time Flies By
9 The 9-11 Trail
10 The Vertical City
11 flooring Truth


PART three: Down Under
12 Mount Kosciuszko: 2,228 Meters (7,310 Feet)
13 Pennyroyal
14 Lake Eyre: forty nine ft under Sea Level
15 Lake Eyre: 4,500 toes Above Sea Level
16 Alice Springs
17 Over Canberra . . . and l. a.

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He was impressed enough to offer Smithson a consulting role in their contract to develop plans for the new Dallas/Fort Worth airport, a project in which Robert Morris, Carl Andre, and Sol LeWitt were likewise engaged. S. eventually lost the contract, but for a year and a half Smithson worked out a number of geometrically modular groundworks that would be perceived by passengers from the air. He called it “aerial art,” works that would be placed between runways in the “clear zones” dictated by the FAA.

I have always found, on the other hand, that walking along the top of Smithson’s salt-encrusted jetty, which he completed the same year, is a somewhat pensive experience. The work has nowhere the massiveness of Double Negative, and from both the air and ground seems a small gesture in the enormity of the surreal lake with its algae-stained water and a horizon so distant that water and sky merge. But it has the virtue of surprise, as an unexpected symbol that can stand for something beyond a formalist vocabulary, and as a work that appears and disappears for years at a time.

The first buildings on the Wendover Air Field base, constructed of wood and tarpaper, were meant to be only temporary structures. When the airmen arrived in September of 1940 to begin construction on the base, the town had a population of 103, its hotel and service station, a drugstore, and a grocery. At the height of the war, more than twenty thousand personnel were stationed in the base’s 663 buildings, many of which are still standing today, albeit decaying as time passes and memories erode.

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