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Mineralogy

The Center For Land Use Interpretation, Wendover Utah

40°43'42.6"N 114°02'10.3”W

Mineralogy is a multi-year site specific installation hidden within a partially collapsed former WWII Armament building, in Wendover, Utah. The project involves transforming a nine by fifteen foot former bathroom into a fully furnished bedroom throughout which hundreds of vessels of salt water are repeatedly filled and allowed to evaporate, encrusting the vessels and the surrounding furniture in delicate columns of salt. A solar powered irrigation system turns on once a day allowing the entire work to continue to grow unassisted for over a year. Embedded within a ruin that is itself undergoing the entropic effects time, Mineralogy suggests an uncanny vision of an uncertain future. If architecture can be considered the entity that separates us from nature, then the objective of Mineralogy is to reverse this paradigm, bringing a quiet geologic process inside of a building and allowing it to collide with the interior space indefinitely.

This project was made possible by the support of The Center For Land Use Interpretation, The Wendover Airport and Intrepid Potash.

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