On Ebay I have ordered a set of 1/64 scale model pivots.
On the box it says:
Pivot irrigation allows farmers around the world to grow more food using less resources. In 1954, Robert B. Daugherty, founder of Valley Manufacturing Co., acquired patented manufacturing and sales rights for a self-propelled irrigation system from farmer Frank Zybach. Since then, Valmont has grown to become the largest manufacturer of center pivots in the world, irrigating about 17 million acres (6,9 million hectares)
With this scale model pivot I will try to grow one square meter of cress in my studio.
A contact-sheet of centre pivot crops in transition from light into dark. Or, to be more precise: from slow into fast.
The fast growing crops are absorbing the light, the slow growing and drying crops reflect it.
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While I was working on the edit of CROPS I made a version where all the
circles were cut out and placed on a black background.
This was an attempt in getting the viewer more focussed on the circle, instead of being disrupted by the corner left-overs in the square frame.
A short while ago, Michel Banabila asked me for some visuals for his upcoming show in Gorlice (Poland) and I gave him a selection of these black background circles. One by one, they are going to be beamed behind him while he is playing his set.
It is good to see them again: the endless variation between harvesting, ploughing and seeding becomes even more clear on this black background.
A recent post on Edible Geography reminded me of these strange pivot circles I had found in Google Earth. Some of these circles were just too big and they seemed squeezed from the sides:
According to the article on Edible Geography: “These overlooked corners (in the square grid, red) make up a not insubstantial percentage of a farmer’s available land. On a typical 160 acre “quarter section” in the American mid- and southwest, tessellating pivot circles will leave up to 24 acres, or 15 percent of each field, thirsty.
For me, living in the Netherlands, this is hard to understand. A Dutch farmer will do anything to use every percentage of the land he owns.
If you take a closer look you can see why the oversized circles are shaped this way: at the end of the pivot is a hinge. This hinge is extending the pivot in the corners of the square and irrigating a substantial part of these corners.
Sometimes you can find small pivots turning in the empty corners between the big circles, although very rare..
If you want to dig deeper into the American grid and into pivot irrigation: here is a nice online article on The Great American Grid website: The Art of the Circle Field
Best known for bird’s-eye-view landscape photography, Gerco de Ruijter (Dutch, b. Vianen, 1961; lives and works in Rotterdam) mined Google Earth for the images he montaged into his stop-frame animation “CROPS” (2012). The hypnotic four-minute video work opens in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Black Box space Aug. 12.
De Ruijter’s still photography has been distinguished by the various devices he has deployed to launch his camera aloft, including an elongated fishing rod, which he customized with a timer, and a kite, which he operated by transmitter. The resulting vistas, devoid of both people and horizon lines, make actual locations read as simultaneously “real” and abstract, a perspective also pursued in “CROPS.”
Where in the past de Ruijter has organized his photographs into series by carefully selecting from among the pictures shot by his own lens, for “CROPS” he repurposed “found” views recorded by aerial cameras for Google Earth. Each image is of one of the countless center-pivot irrigation plots that dot the American southwest. These de Ruijter cropped and oriented to fit a fixed geometric template—a circle circumscribed within a square—then sequenced into an animation.
More than 1,000 pictures make up the rush of imagery, the colors shifting with the seasons and the types of crops planted. The irrigation machinery appears as a clocklike “hand,” and its clockwise movement segments the plots into various swaths. The diversity of effects produced within a rigidly prescribed format is emphasized with a shuffling, stuttering electronic score by Michel Banabila. Outside the “CROPS” installation hangs “Contact Sheet #2 (time)” (2012), de Ruijter’s inkjet print of a grid devised from select still frames from the video.
De Ruijter has said, “What is similar in my work and that of abstract geometrical painters is foremost that we do not dish up a story or a deeper meaning. The viewer sees nothing but the image itself.” At the same time, the artist is extending the tradition of Dutch landscape painting by training his eye on the natural world not as wilderness but as it is cultivated by human endeavor.
CROPS is shown as an installation piece in the Black Box series.
The exhibition runs from August 12 until November 12 2013
More information on the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in this link
Image: still from CROPS
New edition: Cropped (Colorscheme) + CROPS (dvd)
Cropped (Colorscheme) comes together with CROPS (dvd) in a limited edition of 30.
For more information please contact: info(at)gercoderuijter.com
While looking for centre pivot circles in the desert I came across this triangle shape. A small airfield in (what I suppose is) a cactus field.
I like the way the plants are spread, leaving enough space for each individual.
A natural arrangement.
Some more plants are concentrated on the sides of the strip.
If it rains, the rainwater flows from the asphalt to the sides providing better conditions.
(click to enlarge)