The Gorgeous Gorges are interactive experiences that encourage viewers to enter Michener’s spatial logic, to view the landscape both aerially and from the diminished advantage of the human figure or marker he has placed as a small-scale reference to the enormity of his illusionary strategy.


In Fishing At First Light (1997), for example, the point of view appears to be from a cliff high over the calm water of a deep canyon pool. But Michener's manipulation of perspective, his close-up, formalized rock faces, crisply detailed foliage, and flattened shadows leaves us wondering exactly where we stand, physically and emotionally, in the natural landscape..... Read more