you see the islands within the broadest context of all - outer space.
Notice, how the more distant magma columns (beneath Oahu 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 Kilaueas east rift zone, and Mauna Loas 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.
- A View From Orbit.
Technical pen and India ink on paper ~ 30" x 22".
Matted and framed in black wood with non-glare plexiglas.
Private collection, Boston.
view of the Hawaiian Islands, from the Big Island of Hawaii
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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