Miscellaneous Investigations

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I was cleaning out the studio this morning and came across the most interesting collection of maps.  They were in a worn manila folder titled “USGS – Miscellaneous Investigations”.  Inside that folder was another folder titled “Map Showing Potential Hazards From Future Eruptions of Mount Rainier, Washington.  1973.”

disasterland

The maps contain color-coated lava.  The area around Mt. Rainier is divided into areas of high, moderate, and low risk, based on where the lava is most likely to flow.  There is a lot to puzzle over in these maps, but they did inspire this new painting of the Disasterland series.  And if you were considering a relocation to the little town of Orting, you might want to think again.

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