Doug Beube
Crater

2009
collage, wood stand, foam core
36 x 25 3/4 x 20 5/8 in.
The large-format maps from The Times Atlas of the World, Northern Europe, Vol. III provided an expansive area for this excavation. The crater-like opening on the top map is cut from the topography of Switzerland. Even a country that considers itself politically neutral is not immune to global devastation, including the effects of changes in the climate and environment. More immediately, the cavernous rupture calls to mind the crater of a meteor smashing into the earth or a missile hitting its target—or missing it by geopolitical accident—thus suggesting that no national mandate can guarantee invulnerability to such events.
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