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This is a visual meditation on arguably one of humankind's greatest inventions, the straight line. It was born directly out of spending time on the water, going under bridges, and thinking about the structures we build to span the water. I wanted to create a clean, intentional, intermittent surface that would be delineated from the constant movement of the water. This piece is variable and has been set up in numerous bodies of water, most recently in the lower tidal Schuylkill River as part of The Ecotopian Toolkit for the Anthropocene conference at University of Pennsylvania and part of the University of Pennsylvania's Program in Environmental Humanities.
photo © Rebecca Nurick
all images © 2021 carolyn hesse
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