Third, you see the islands within the broadest context of all - outer space.
Notice, how the more distant magma columns (beneath O‘ahu and Kauai for example) no longer reach the surface, an indication of the dormancy of these older volcanos resulting from their slow drift away from the hotspot that now lies below the Big Island. In the lower right, rising columns have yet to reach the surface. Future islands? Notice also the long trailing plumes of volcanic gas emanating from Kilauea’s east rift zone, and Mauna Loa’s northeast rift zone. The gridlines in the sky emanate from the zenith (the point directly overhead). As such you are looking all the way from directly up to directly down within the one image.


Hawaii - A View From Orbit.

2002. Technical pen and India ink on paper ~ 30" x 22". Matted and framed in black wood with non-glare plexiglas.
Private collection, Boston.

This view of the Hawaiian Islands, from the Big Island of Hawai‘i in the foreground to Kauai on the horizon, was designed to illustrate the islands within a greater context. First, you see the islands as they appear on the surface of our planet, and the curvature of the Earth as they recede into the distant northwest. Second, looking down into the Earth itself, you see rising columns of magma feeding the volcanos that created the islands.


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