Earth & Mars

Dunes and Slopes in Crater Southwest of Xainza Crater, Mars (Photo: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) Ridged Surface Near Nilokeras Scopulus (Photo: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) English sculptor Phyllida Barlow (no relation to me although I would love to claim her as a kinswoman—after all, so talented AND she is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin) has captured an […]

Mars on My Mind

This is Mars (All images: Aperture) It’s big, and it isn’t cheap. But for any of you out there who, like me, have a fascination with space, planetary bodies, other worlds and/or sheer unadulterated materiality, this is the book for you. This is Mars will knock you out. From the Aperture site: This Is Mars […]

Ara Pacis, Richard Meier and Minding the Gap

Richard Meier’s Ara Pacis Museum in Rome was controversial from its inception. The museum was built to house just one artifact, the Ara Pacis, a finely carved sacrificial altar built in 13AD to commemorate the victories of Emperor Augustus in Spain and Gaul. Adding to its historical significance to Romans, the altar was fully restored […]