Research: Laying out the Signs

Since I first conceived this project, I've been keeping a list of 'Extinct Cities' and the first thing that surprised me are how many cities have bit the dust. Every part of the world, every time period, city after city knuckles under and disappears. The reasons are varied: marauding conquerors, earthquakes, destruction of natural resources, volcanoes…the list is long.

For All Consuming, I've tried to select cities from a broad range of periods and locations. Some perished many millennia ago, others in the last century. Google Earth made measuring the physical distance to these lost cities a straight forward task. What isn't so easy is always knowing exactly where that city was located.

These images are Google Earth views showing the measuring lines from the site of the installation to the dead cities, red for sign 1, yellow for sign 2