A few weeks ago I drove out to Dulles International Hairport to take pictures of the Space Shuttle Enterprise mounted on top of a 747 for its journey up to New York City. While I was wandering around the airport parking garages and terminal with a very long lens and no baggage attracting the attention of the TSA, I had time to stop and actually observe things at what I consider to be one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in America. I was struck by how much fucking land this airport takes up.
As Roommate Adam said when I was working on this project, “the idea that the space you’re perceiving is really mediated and controlled. You don’t get a sense of the scale of an airport since you’re just going through hallways to a cramped flying tube, and you never get an idea of the expansiveness of the ground you’re covering. Everything is so compartmentalized.”
Because I’m an enormous nerd, I loaded up Google Satellite and took about 30 screenshots of Dulles Airport, followed by about 115 screenshots of DC. Stitch together in Photoshop. To keep the scales consistent, everything is taken from the 500ft elevation in Google Satellite. There’s enough variance in Google Satellite elevations and perceptions that it’s not totally scientifically accurate, but it’s close enough for what I’ll all an “art” project.