Megalophobia

Megalophobia situates itself in the lineage of Earthworks scattered throughout the Southwestern deserts of the United States. Based on a theme park or folly typology it toys with the precedence of scale built into those works. Megalophobia is a speculative earth work park where five prominent pieces are collected and reduced in size. Specifically Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, Michael Heizer’s Double Negative, Walter de Maria’s Lighting Field, and James Turrell’s Rodan Crater. Most earthworks are simple shapes that can be scaled up or down without distorting their material (earth) integrities. The natural effects of light, weather, etc. that play upon these pieces remain virtually unchanged. Shrinking the vast scale typical of the works distorts our own scaler perceptions their individual compositional makeups. These are postcards from a playground of scaler interpretation.