Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Krete is Nevada: Double Negative revisited

A couple of posts back, on the melting glaciers trip, I thought of Michael Heizer's Double Negative piece. Well piece is maybe not exactly the right word for an earthwork, but why not. Anyway the glaciers's apparent movement reminded me of this, which I only saw from an airplane.

"Double Negative consists of two trenches cut into the eastern edge of the Mormon Mesa, northwest of Overton, Nevada in 1969-70. The trenches line up across a large gap formed by the natural shape of the mesa edge. Including this open area across the gap, the trenches together measure 1,500 feet long, 50 feet deep, and 30 feet wide (457 meters long, 15.2 meters deep, 9.1 meters wide). 240,000 tons (218,000 tonnes) of rock, mostly rhyolite and sandstone, was displaced in the construction of the trenches"
Now in Krete and a lot of the landscape looks just like Nevada.

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