Primary and Other Remote Locations,
Box Elder County UT, Aug 12th-15th, 2K5

At the Center for Land Use Interpretation's Remote Location on Lemay Island, and its Topographical Others

Brett Stalbaum and Paula Poole

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Project Description

For "Primary and Other Remote Locations" (2005, Aug 12th-15th, 2K5, Box Elder County Utah, USA) the South East corner of CLUI's Remote Location property on Lemay Island was used as an input point. (Follow this link for more info on the site.)

A view of the Remote Location (the first Utah property purchased by Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt), from the perspective of the SE corner property boundary. 12 T 261180 4558380 (NAD 27)

Utilizing the C5 Landscape Database API 2.0a, a database containing topographical data for the surrounding area (including Lemay Island, Floating Island and the Silver Island mountain range which includes Crater Island) was searched, seeking points with similar topographical characteristics.

Text output from FindSimilar.java
(The coordinates represent the center point of the images on the right...)
C5UTM statistical image (1 kilometer x 1 kilometer) Topographic Image (USGS)
Input point:
zone = 12
easting = 261180
northing = 4558380
elevation = 4252
...
low = 4249
high = 4508
mean = 4268
median = 4255
stdev = 31.1668
elevation percentile = 1
contiguous_modality_percentage = 34
...
							
C5 Landscape Database
Result 1:
zone = 12
easting = 264630
northing = 4551570
elevation = 4252
...
low = 4249
high = 4409
mean = 4268
median = 4252
stdev = 31.4187
elevation percentile = 1
contiguous_modality_percentage = 34
...
							
C5 Landscape Database
Result 2:
zone = 12
easting = 268440
northing = 4557330
elevation = 4242
...
low = 4239
high = 4423
mean = 4255
median = 4242
stdev = 31.2397
elevation percentile = 1
contiguous_modality_percentage = 34
...
							
C5 Landscape Database
Result 3:
zone = 12
easting = 265500
northing = 4553130
elevation = 4252
...
low = 4249
high = 4511
mean = 4264
median = 4252
stdev = 31.4037
elevation percentile = 1
contiguous_modality_percentage = 34
...
							
C5 Landscape Database
Result 4:

zone = 12
easting = 267720
northing = 4546950
elevation = 4229
...
low = 4226
high = 4383
mean = 4247
median = 4230
stdev = 31.3261
elevation percentile = 1
contiguous_modality_percentage = 34
...
							
C5 Landscape Database
Result 5:
zone = 12
easting = 267600
northing = 4545660
elevation = 4229
...
low = 4226
high = 4386
mean = 4245
median = 4232
stdev = 30.6915
elevation percentile = 1
contiguous_modality_percentage = 34
...
							
C5 Landscape Database

Input and output from the C5 Landscape Database. See FindSimilar.java for the source code.

The database search isolated five topographical others of the CLUI Remote Location; or as we call them, the "Other Remote Locations". It is important to note that the algorithm seeks the most similar topography, not yet the most similar viewshed. The most interesting azimuth from which to select a view was chosen by Paula from the perspective of the location selected by the database. For an understanding of what the algorithm produces, note that each site is a few hundred meters from the "shoreline", as is the CLUI remote location SE corner. If we had run the algorithm against a point representing a hill top, all of the most similar hilltops would have been discovered. The "Other Remote Locations" were visited with the help of GPS, four wheel drive, a 23 kilometer hike (8/13/2K5) and a 9 kilometer hike (8/15/2K5).

C5 Landscape Database

8/13/2K5 hike, map produced with C5 landscape Database 2.0a, GPS track log in yellow. The blue area represents the modal (most frequent) elevation in the area.

C5 Landscape Database

8/15/2K5 hike to the eastern side of the Crater Island spur of the Silver Island Mountains. The lower part of image shows the saddle where Hastings cutoff passes.

Other Remote Location 1 - 12 T 264630 4551570 (NAD 27)

Other Remote Location 2 - 12 T 268440 4557330 (NAD 27)

Other Remote Location 3 - 12 T 265500 4553130 (NAD 27)

Other Remote Location 4 - 12 T 267720 4546950 (NAD 27)

Other Remote Location 5 - 12 T 267600 4545660 (NAD 27)

The sites were documented, with the primary goal of producing landscape paintings in which agency of site selection, often assumed to be the natural province of the painter, is turned over to the C5 algorithm digesting the landscape data through pattern matching.

Paula implemented preliminary sketches of the landscape at each site.

Paula Poole

field work

The database literally told us where to go, and from where Paula should paint the landscape.

Photograph of CLUI Remote Location from SW corner

Photo of RL from SW corner

Painting by Paula Poole Other Remote Location #1

Painting, Other Remote Location #1

Painting by Paula Poole Other Remote Location #2

Painting, Other Remote Location #2

Painting by Paula Poole Other Remote Location #3

Painting, Other Remote Location #3

Painting by Paula Poole Other Remote Location #4

Painting, Other Remote Location #4

Painting by Paula Poole Other Remote Location #5

Painting, Other Remote Location #5

Thanks:

  • Matt Coolidge and CLUI (http://www.clui.org)
  • C5 (http://www.c5corp.com)
  • eteam (Franzi Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger)
  • The Donner(s), Reed(s), Breen(s), Murphy(s), Eddy(s), Keseberg(s), Hardcoop, Wolfinger(s), Spitzer, Reinhardt, McCutchen(s), Grave(s), Stanton, Halloran, Antonio and Trudeau.
  • Devin and Juanita Dawn, and all the cat sitters
  • Lowell and Mickey Stalbaum and Craig and Kari Grilly for being taking our "out safe" calls so many times
  • John C. Fremont

Digital print (.pdf) for installation, (page 2). Includes related project, Five Views of the Gray Knoll from Primary and other Bergblicks.

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