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Some of the Most Amazing Scenery Known to Man

Katie Barrie

Years spent camping and hiking in the wilderness across the United States has led me to consider landscapes in new waysÑparticularly land management, park infrastructure, and the ways in which humans have curated public land to fit their needs. Yosemite is known for Half Dome as much as its summertime traffic jams; the Grand Canyon now hosts a glass floor pavilion; and more than two dozen national monuments are currently under review to see if they may be better used for logging and mining. I am intrigued by what areas are slotted for development, what land is seen as a landmark, and what is given the gift of being labeled "wilderness". My practice is a meditation on the history of America’s wild lands and the structures, both organic and manmade, found within them.

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