It's beautiful isnt it? But it's also an image of a scarred landscape. What does it do to me, now that I realized I found beauty in things that are mutated/mutilated? I love art that makes me raise these questions. Art that instinctively makes me think differently and experience contrast.

David Maisel created this art with aerial photographs of landscapes that have been environmentally impacted. As we gaze upon his art, he succeeds in engaging us into exploring the aesthetics, ethics and politics captured in these images.

from the series TERMINAL MIRAGE

The spiral structure seen in the photograph was made by artist Robert Smithson.
- The "Spiral Jetty" Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah April, 1970 -

from the series MINING

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Tags: Aerial, Art, David, Landscape, Maisel, Photography

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Comment by Kevin on January 4, 2010 at 3:38pm
it's interesting when something as ugly as strip mining can create a beautiful image when looked at the right way.
Comment by sAm on January 4, 2010 at 3:09pm
Beauty is in the most unexpected places! Love the colors.
Comment by Eugene on January 4, 2010 at 2:16pm
I like the one that looks like an upside down tree, and also the coiled one right below it. cool!

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