Dozens of lines of filament spring from the circular fire spotter to the square ceiling of the lookout, creating a vortex form. A thin layer of ponderosa pine pollen covers the fire spotter creating a perfect yellow circle and a map on a circle of Plexiglas protects and reflects lines onto the pollen. A crow flies with the vortex as the silent witness to the changes it has seen in the landscape. Of the 20 windows in the lookout, 12 are covered with maps that have been printed on clear film. The maps show the boundaries of landscape, fire, water and the defined boundaries of the inhabitants. The maps correspond to the areas affected by fire and flooding in the direction the window is facing.
As the first Artists-in-Residence for the East Jemez Landscape Futures Project, Shawn Skabelundand I created The Edge Effect: re-imagining place in the Jemez, a site-specific, place-based installation inside the historic fire lookout at Bandelier National Monument.
The Edge Effect focuses on the historical boundaries that have fractured the East Jemez landscape thus fracturing the human community as a whole. Communities across this landscape have faced unprecedented landscape changes due to severe drought through climate change and catastrophic wildfires and intense flooding.
Research and Resources for East Jemez Landscape
This project is a collaboration of organizations with similar interests in education of the East Jemez Landscape.