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By William L. Fox


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 Sep 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 lower than Sea Level
15 Lake Eyre: 4,500 toes Above Sea Level
16 Alice Springs
17 Over Canberra . . . and l. a.

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Although he managed to open the chute in time, he impaled himself on a fence. Rescued by the French, captured by the Germans, put into a camp—he survived, but the event not only scarred his body, it also indelibly marked the mind of his son. This morning’s flight is marked by periods of silence as the artist/pilot absorbs the resurfacing memories of his father. Mike’s first significant artwork dates from 1989 when he was in art school: he turned his father’s wartime narrative into a series of postcards, as if his parent were writing to him from beyond the grave, and illustrated them with found photos.

We detour to take a better look, but don’t get too close. This plant is the only producer of magnesium in the country, a metal used in everything from aluminum soda cans to aircraft, and since the terrorists flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, managers of large industrial plants are wary of aircraft approaching too close.

Qx6 1/13/09 12:58 PM Page 37 E A R T H W O R K S 37 work with scale, but with size. And size has always mattered to him. The largest structures in the world, from the pyramids to the Three Gorges Dam to the American interstate system, are all made of earth, be it stone, mud, or concrete. Heizer, who lives in south central Nevada where he is constructing City, the largest single artwork on the planet, was born in 1944 to Robert F. Heizer, a prominent anthropologist who specialized in how early cultures moved large stones.

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