This is a project aimed at creating small temporary countries. As a kid I spent many afternoons in the wooded area behind my house in Minnesota. At the time there were not many other kids in the neighborhood so I was left to create my own entertainment. In the woods I made forts made of sticks and covered them with grass as to insulate them for permanent living. After a few years a new house had gone up on the other side of the woods, invading my teritory. While it was still under construction I waged my war, when no one was on site I would through various missiles (acorns and the like) in attempts to defeat my enemy. The effort proved fruitless and eventually they cut down all all the trees on their property, this really upset me, so I set out to be obnoxious and built more forts and claimed my land .
The idea of being excluded from my current country (town, city, or otherwise) was so interesting to me that I set out to execute it on a broader range of media and scale. By creating a new border in many places I am attempting to have a collective of spaces collected that are apart of the One Minute Country. By becoming apart of these temporary countries I am taking part in a separate set of laws and rights.
What you do
1. Demarcate your border.
2. Calculate the area of the space.
3. Geo tag your location on Google Earth/Maps
4. Share your location and experience on social media (#oneminutecountry)
Landscape as Cartography | Socks Studio
Flying in the 20s had to be a thrilling experience, indeed. In the absence of radio communication or radar technology, pilots engaged in American coast to coast airmail or passenger service had to rely on often imprecise navigation charts to avoid getting lost. Most of the time they were alone in the air, flying on desertic territory, hoping to reach the destination without encountering bad weather.
To help guiding the pilots across the impervious North American territory, the Congress funded the construction of very large arrow-shaped Airmail Beacons, (up to 20 meters in lenght). Every concrete arrow, painted in bright yellow, was accompanied by a 15 m tall tower, emitting a powerful gas powered light. Each arrow pointed towards the next, separated one with another by a distance of 3 to 10 miles. The beacon towers have been scrapped and recycled for WWII, while the yellow paint has since been worn off by the elements, but the enormous solid concrete arrows are likely to stand there for good.