Bratton arues the driving cause of the climate crisis is the modernist project to bind non-human time ex/ geological, oranismic, hydrological... to human time. The byproduct (in part) of ecological science.
I didn’t want to make a sign or a symbol in the landscape as earthworks do; I wanted to work with its topography. How do you make walking and looking the content of your work? What happens to your body when the elevation is constantly shifting and there’s no horizon to orient you, no flat plane? How do you cut into the land, gather it in a volume, and hold that volume?
- Richard Serra
People from rich, green lands have always had to reconcile their mortality when confronted by the desert. Here a plant may live 2,000 years, diamonds are forever, and a man’s tracks may last a thousand years on the delicate gravel plains. In the rain forest, things topple hourly and decay under a riot of growth and change, but here in the desert, the ebb and flow of an entire race of people is a mere second hand on the geologic clock that marks the passage of waterless eons and patient, creeping dunes.
"With the geological effect of the constant lapping of waves, the sea grinds the rocks into sand and transforms whole mountain ranges into sand. When you are walking by the sea and hear it roaring, this is the music which brings us back to our origins." - Anselm Kiefer.