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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
This epic Earth is a Guardian article by Sean Thomas on the origins and destination of 'land art', that all-encompassing strand of past-war American art that looks set for a resurgence in 2005 with three major pieces opening, Michael Heizer's City, Charles Ross's Star Axis (so not to be confused with the One Man Star Wars guy), James Turrell's massive Roden Crater (that site is 'under construction', and has been for years. There's a better overview at this Roden Crater page).

All the above transcend traditional concepts of artistic 'scale'. 'City' seems to be the most cinematic, mimicking the dusty, arid megastructures constructed for a science fiction epic. It's so large that you can dial it up on Microsoft's Terraserver site (detail). It's pretty amazing, and all the more so for being completely 'out of bounds', cut off from public access like a latter-day Area 51. Our favourite 'land art' has to be The Lightning Field by Walter De Maria (not to be confused, but it's a pleasant mistake to make).

Elsewhere. Generative systems and computer-generated architecture by Manfred Wolff-Plottegg, which seems like a slight throwback to an earlier, more utopian era of digital design. Vaguely related, the hypocrisy of sustainable design at The Key Centre for Architectural Sociology, which aims to prick architectural pomposity.

Sightseeing and Easter Egg hunting in GTA San Andreas, a game so huge it even has its own cryptozoological legends. Related, monsters on stamps, via me-fi / Boing Boing links to a new weblog called The Gilded Hack / amphibious vehicles currently under development / word of the day, in Dutch / Prisoner's Inventions (via how it happened, via near near future, a 'weblog of technology, awe and wonder').

Michael P takes photos of cars, like this old Citroen CX / Motography, the art of motor oil by Perry Vasquez / some more of what the web does so well, The Potted Meat Museum. I mean, can you imagine going to actually visit a real potted meat museum? / lighting design by James Clar / automated signature technology.

Susan Sontag has died. things 17-18 includes 'Shooting Images', a piece by Limited Language (Colin Davies and Monika Parrinder) on Sontag's Regarding the Pain of Others. You can read it online, and see the pictures as well.

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