Geography of Reclamation:
An Essay in Three Parts

Can we access all meaning each time a word is used even as its meaning changes over time? Reclamation once meant not letting a drop of water go to waste and waste meant free flowing water to the sea. The meaning of these words would change, first by the environmental movement and later by the land artists of the 1960′s and 70′s to mean the process of recouping neglected or distressed landscapes. Geography of Reclamation is a short animated essay tracing these terms through the imprint of David Brower, Floyd Dominy, and Robert Smithson by way of the Colorado River Basin.


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