On November 20, 1980, an oil rig accidentally drilled into a salt mine under Lake Peigneur, Louisiana. The lake quickly started to drained into the hole, creating a whirlpool that sucked in the drilling platform, eleven barges and 65 acres (260,000 m2) of the surrounding terrain.
So much water drained into the mine that the flow of the Delcambre Canal that usually empties the lake into the Golf of Mexico was reversed, making the canal a temporary inlet. This backflow created, for a few days, the tallest waterfall in the state of Louisiana as the lake refilled with salt water from the Ocean.
The lake that was once around 6 feet deep is now around 1300 feet deep in places, and turned from fresh water to salt water.
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Arabic designs for water wheels and other irrigation mechanisms from a 16th Century Manuscript.
“The things to do are: the things that need doing: that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done — that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual.” - R. Buckminster Fuller
A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant - rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance - but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.
How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.
— Mary Shelly
Earth from the ESA Archive via BDiF
We only get one.
SoP - Scale of Representation
Stawell Steps, Cato Lake by Monash Architecture students and Japanese artist Hiroshi Nakao, photos by Peter Bennetts.
A great dual purpose ruin-like intervention that provides a setting for the interaction between people and water, contrasting man-made with natural, hard with soft, and fixed with fluid.
Almost a ghat of sorts.
Does it improve upon its own absence?
Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Power Station is a pure pumped-storage hydroelectric plant, designed to help meet peak power demands during the day. Located more than 80 kilometers from the nearest water source, the Mississippi river, there is no natural primary flow available for generation, unlike most other pumped storage sites
In 2005, the plant had to shut down when the upper reservoir suffered a catastrophic failure releasing 4 million cubic-meters of water in twelve minutes.
The plant returned to service after a gap of four years. The rebuilt upper reservoir is now considered an engineering milestone, being the largest roller-compacted concrete dam in North America.
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Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House
For his Behind a Little House Project Italian photographer Manuel Cosentino found an unsuspecting muse: a tiny nondescript house on an unexceptional hill. He returned to photograph the small building from the exact same location for nearly two years in order to capture the dramatic changes in weather and light that utterly changed the scenery just beyond the horizon. As part of a traveling exhibition the photos are mounted on a wall behind a book containing copies of a photo of the house against a white sky. Viewers are then invited to draw their own interpretation of what appears behind the little house. Via his artist statement:
The first photograph starts the series with a Big-Bang-like explosion and sets everything into motion, the last is a new beginning – it represents that piece of “carte blanche” that we are all given with our lives. By drawing in the book anyone is at the same time breathing life into it, keeping it alive page after page, and is also responsible for his or her contribution within a wider context.
The entire project is currently on view at Klompching Gallery in New York as part of their Annual Summer Show through August 10th.
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