The Center for Land Use Interpretation’s “landscan” of the Houston Ship Channel goes on display at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art from July 11 to August 23rd. The Center completed a three year project on the Houston ship channel in 2011. Read more about it here.
Re-posted from Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Exploring the territory of a Texan petroleum wonderland
Spanning the petroleum fields of West Texas to the refineries and plastics plants clustered around the Gulf Coast, the petrochemical network of the nation converges on Texas, the home state of the Oil Industry. From the oil exploration, drilling, and services companies in the “upstream” realm, to the conveyance, storing, refining and processing activities “midstream” and “downstream,” this landscan takes inventory of the major petrochemical sites in Texas, providing a portrait of the reigning territory at the pinnacle of our Age of Oil.The Houston Petrochemical Corridor Landscan is an unedited, 14-minute shot of the ground, from a flight over the nation’s parallel universe of oil production, which begins just east of Houston–from the East 610 Loop to the Highway 146 Bridge. The work was procured using a high definition video camera inside a gyro-stabilized ball mounted on the nose of a helicopter. The route was scouted and directed by members of the CLUI, and was shot by Ron Chapple, an aerial videographer. The scene is further enhanced by another-worldly room tone created by Kevin Doherty, of the UK-based musical group Sleep Research Facility