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Lightning Field – Places to Go

So, in August my dad, little brother and I are driving across the country to move me to Los Angeles. Rather than driving for 3 days and just getting there, we’ve decided to turn it into a longer road trip. And the best part? It’s up to me to plan where we go!

We’ve been talking in my sculpture class a lot about various environmental sculptures. One of the coolest ones that I think we talked about is this:

Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field, 1977. Long-term installation in Western New Mexico. Photo: John Cliett. Copyright Dia Art Foundation.

It doesn’t look all that exciting in the picture, but wait until you hear what it is!

This is what the Dia Art Foundation writes:

The Lightning Field, 1977, by the American sculptor Walter De Maria, is a work of Land Art situated in a remote area of the high desert of western New Mexico. It is comprised of 400 polished stainless steel poles installed in a grid array measuring one mile by one kilometer. The poles — two inches in diameter and averaging 20 feet and 7½ inches in height — are spaced 220 feet apart and have solid pointed tips that define a horizontal plane. A sculpture to be walked in as well as viewed, The Lightning Field is intended to be experienced over an extended period of time. A full experience of The Lightning Field does not depend upon the occurrence of lightning, and visitors are encouraged to spend as much time as possible in the field, especially during sunset and sunrise. In order to provide this opportunity, Dia offers overnight visits during the months of May through October.”

This is what my professor says:

“You go into the desert and there are all these poles sticking out of the ground, and you stay the night in this cabin. They give you a little food and a bottle of wine, and you get kind of tipsy with the other people in the cabin, and you talk about art with the other people staying in the cabin. Then, everyone wakes up at sunrise and you watch the sun rise over it and it’s really cool, and you hope that lightning strikes because that’s when it really looks the coolest.”



Happy Travels,


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Posted by on 21 April 2011 in Travel


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Minimalist Mondays

Licensed to p.a.n.eThis blog is all about my adventures, and my aspirations and the things I do and the things that I want to do. I’ve started my “travel thursdays” series, and now I also want to start my “minimalist mondays” series.

Why, you ask?

Well, minimalism is something that I consider to be a really important thing.

Why, you ask again?

Lots of reasons.

1. Minimalism gives me freedom. I just wrote about my 50 States Project. While I’m certainly not planning to travel all over the world, 50 states in 5 years is a decent amount of traveling. And since I’m planning to spend a lot of time in each state, that’s quite a bit of travel time. I also want to travel the world. Minimalism helps me remember to really limit what I own, so it’s easier to decide to travel for 3 months. I don’t have to worry about all of the stuff that I’m leaving behind.

2. Minimalism gives me freedom. This is a different freedom. The first freedom was a physical freedom, to travel the world. This is a freedom of time. If I’m not forced to spend time working constantly to make money to buy stuff, I have time to pursue what’s important to me.

3. It’s good for the environment. I’m very concerned about the impact that consumerism has on the environment. So, as a minimalist I’m using less packaging which means less waste. I’ve become a vegetarian, which reduces my impact on the environment. I’ve stopped driving and started walking/biking as much as possible. That way, I can not only enjoy the journey, I can also reduce my impact. These benefits to the environment are things that I’m really passionate about, and I love that it’s a side effect of minimalism.

So, every Monday I’m going to blog about minimalism, whether it’s how I incorporate it, or how it’s helping me or anything like that.



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Posted by on 18 April 2011 in minimalism


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50 States Project

Note: I decided Thursdays will be travel Thursdays, so I will blog about SOMETHING related somehow to travel.

When I was a kid, I got to travel all the time. My mom was in the air force, so not only did we move around a lot, we got to travel a lot while doing it. It was fantastic!

One summer, we moved from Los Angeles to Alabama (gross, right? Not the best final destination …)

Anyway, so we bought an RV and spent the entire summer moving rather than driving it in 3 or 4 days. We went to I don’t even know how many states. I saw so much cool stuff, but I was so young that I don’t really remember a lot of it except what I’ve seen in pictures.

Soooo now I want to recreate those adventures through my own 50 States Project. I’m going to create a new page on here, and my goal is to go to every state plus DC over the next 5 years. I’ll start with where I’ve been since January 1, 2011 and go until January 1, 2016. It’s so totally doable, right? I’m pumped! The only rule is that only being in an airport doesn’t count. I have to actually go out and see shit.

Maybe a goal should be to go to a gay bar in every state … in that case, kentucky is off the list. I’ll leave that under consideration.

So far I’ve been to:

– Ohio

– Kentucky

– Illinois

– California

4 down, 47 to go. Woot!

Anyone want to road trip around the states?




Posted by on 14 April 2011 in Travel


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