Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24BILL GILBERT Over the past decade I have completed a series of walking-based, map projects in our Land Arts of the American West field program at the University of New Mexico in the ongoing attempt to develop a portrait of my home place in the southwestern US. For each walk in this series I created an arbitrary path that forced me to roam across the land free from any trails or roads in the effort to focus on what is in front of me; the animals, plants, geologies and human communities. In the latest iteration of this investigation, Celestial/Terrestrial Navigations, I have turned my attention to the relationship desert peoples have with the night sky. I walk constellations onto the surface of the planet in the attempt to mend the rift between heaven and earth created, in part, by light pollution in our urban centers. Using communications from satellites in the sky above, at Ucross I followed my GPS unit from star point to star point in a series of random transects slowly inscribing the constellations Orion and Eridanus onto the ground. I chose Orion in the grasslands walk for the references to hunting past and present and Eridanus in the floodplain in recognition of the force of the river in shaping the landscape. The resulting images document the land, my path and the plants encountered. Opposite: Bill Gilbert with Charlie Bettigole,Ann Hild,Anne Nelson and Staci Page, Terrestrial/Celestial Navigations – Eridanus: Floodplain, 2014, 42x50”, digital print 2015 Left: Bill Gilbert with Charlie Bettigole, Ann Hild, Anne Nelson and Staci Page, 2013, Terrestrial/Celestial Navigations – Orion: Grasslands (detail), 2013, 42x50”, digital print 2015