By William L. Fox
Images AND A STORY
PART 1: Out West
3 The Pit . . .
4 . . . and the Stack
5 The Horizontal City
6 The Angels of Mulholland Drive
FLYING WEST TO EAST
PART 2: again East
8 Time Flies By
9 The Sept. 11 Trail
10 The Vertical City
11 floor Truth
FLYING NORTH TO SOUTH
PART three: Down Under
12 Mount Kosciuszko: 2,228 Meters (7,310 Feet)
14 Lake Eyre: forty nine toes less than Sea Level
15 Lake Eyre: 4,500 ft Above Sea Level
16 Alice Springs
17 Over Canberra . . . and la
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When the young artist grew frustrated with the New York art scene in the mid-1960s, he flew back out to the desert. In 1967 he started creating minimalist geometrical voids in the Sierra Nevada, and the next year on the playas to the east. That year he did what any modern archeologist—or miner—would do, and found a pilot so he could locate likely sites for future investigation. He hired Guido Robert Deiro, who a couple years previously had been flying the secretive Howard Hughes around the desert.
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