LAND ARTS OF THE AMERICAN WEST
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VERY LARGE ARRAY

Elevation: 6,992 ft.
Ecological niche: plains-mesa grassland
Ownership: National Science Foundation
Location: Plains of San Agustin, east of Datil, New Mexico

Land Arts of the American West

JOURNAL ENTRY

Mark Hensel
Very Large Array – Datil, NM
October 04, 2004

The VLA (Very Large Array) is the ultimate extension of our senses, allowing us to map the voices of the cosmos, dying stars screaming their last words at us across the electro-magnetic spectrum. Here the constant cacophony of radio waves bathing us is brought to the surface, bringing us the cosmic depths. The VLA connects us to the beginning of time; the cycles of nebulae & supernovae & birth & death that constantly transforms the living, singing cosmos.

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Anaya Spring
Barrio Buena Vista
Big Bend
Bosque del Apache
Cebolla Canyon
Chaco Canyon
Dinétah
El Vado Lake
Gila
Hoover Dam / Double Negative
Juan Mata Ortiz
Lake Powell / Glen Canyon Dam
Muley Point / Moon House
Otero Mesa
Rio Grande Headwaters
Roden Crater / Wupatki
San Rafael Swell
Spiral Jetty
Tipover Canyon
Valle Vidal
VLA
Wendover / CLUI
White Sands