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These works are site proposals in the form of photographic models.
The project explores a range of containment scenarios in which images of recycled shipping containers are deployed as metaphorical containments. The multitude of current world-wide issues that we might wish to contain is vast and unruly, ranging from situations resulting from disproportionate wealth distribution to continuously shifting terror networks, and natural disasters resulting from climate change.
In this work containment may also be seen as the act of framing. For example, a photographer frames a subject before a photograph is captured, and the resulting image is framed once again on the computer screen, or in an actual physical picture frame designed to hang on a gallery wall.
The project also addresses scale and quantifiable measurement of the built and natural environment. The metric used is one standard-size shipping container, and the most typical full-size unit is approximately 8 x 8 x 40 feet in length.
Historically the term, containment, was also employed in U. S. foreign policy statements during the Cold War– it referred to the strategy designed to counter balance the effects of the Domino Theory, wherein it was believed that communist countries systematically export their ideology to neighboring nations for the purpose of overthrowing capitalist governments.
This project was originally published in Paisea #018 Landscape Architecture Magazine, September 2011.