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A book of the lawn the size of the lawn.

Pittsburgh, PA and online (2020)

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When the College of Fine Arts Lawn went missing, a map of the lawn the size of the lawn was created to take its place. That map is illustrated on the cover of this book. It’s an arrangement of 22,500 photographs that documents the missing lawn, point for point.

 

A map of such magnitude, however, must be abandoned. In addition to being cumbersome, it will soon yield little semblance to place it once mapped, and, not without irreverence, it is imperative the map be abandoned in due time. Hence, the purpose of this foreword is to announce the deconstruction of the map of the lawn the size of the lawn.

 

A book of the lawn the size of the lawn will be constructed in its place. Every point of the map will become a page in the book. Co-authorship from below (i.e. readers of this book) will transform the map into a book, page by page.

 

Consider this an invitation to author a page and get lost in the grass.

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On Exactitude in Science

Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions

 

In that Empire, the craft of Cartography attained such Perfection that the Map of a Single province covered the space of an entire City, and the Map of the Empire itself an entire Province. In the course of Time, these Extensive maps were found somehow wanting, and so the College of Cartographers evolved a Map of the Empire that was of the same Scale as the Empire and that coincided with it point for point. Less attentive to the Study of Cartography, succeeding Generations came to judge a map of such Magnitude cumbersome, and, not without Irreverence, they abandoned it to the Rigours of sun and Rain. In the western Deserts, tattered Fragments of the Map are still to be found, Sheltering an occasional Beast or beggar; in the whole Nation, no other relic is left of the Discipline of Geography.

 

-Suarez Miranda, Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV, Cap. XLV, Lerida, 1658

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A selection of authored pages.

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