I was playing around with Google Maps, looking for some views which reveal something about the geography surrounding Roden Crater and lucked out with this image. I visited Roden Crater sometime during my time at Arcosati, 1991-1996, and I remember the spectacular views afforded in the area; it is beautifully situated at the intersection of the pine forests surrounding Flagstaff and the Painted Desert. This satellite image begins to give one a sense of that incredible landscape.
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It seems that things are reaching a crescendo for James Turrell and his phenomenal Roden Crater project. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this magnificent project. Here is the latest from the LA Times:
It stands alone in the field, apart from hundreds of other volcanoes. It shows signs of being a manmade monument, with paths winding around it, a small building with the horizontal thrust of a Neutra home embedded in one side and an entrance nearby.
Roden Crater is an extinct volcanic cinder cone, situated at an elevation of approximately 5,400 feet in the San Francisco Volcanic Field near Arizona’s Painted Desert and the Grand Canyon. The roughly 400,000 year old, 600 foot tall red and black cinder cone is being turned into a monumental work of art and naked eye observatory by the artist James Turrell. Working with visual phenomena that have interested man since the dawn of civilization, the Roden Crater project will bring the light of the heavens down to earth, linking visitors with the celestial movements of planets, stars and distant galaxies. In addition to exploring the interplay of light and space in his art, Turrell has looked closely at the design of ancient observatories as places for visual perception:
I admire Borobudur, Angkor Wat, Pagan, Machu Picchu, the Mayan pyramids, the Egyptian pyramids, Herodium, Old Sarum, Newgrange and the Maes Howe. These places and structures have certainly influenced my thinking. These thoughts will find concurrence in Roden Crater.