Land Disposition

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The Dream of Land Ownership, and the Reality of the Beryl Townsite
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Summer 1998
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Land Monopoly is not only monopoly, but it is by far the greatest monopolies; it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other forms of monopoly. 
-Winston Churchill

The best investment on Earth is earth! 
-Louis Glickman, business executive


It is a comfortable feeling to know that you stand on your own ground. Land is about the only thing that can't fly away. 
-Anthony Trollope

[Quotes from the Land Disposition Company's auction catalog]

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Angola Prison and Prison Museum

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Field Report
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Summer 1998
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1110 The Angola Prison, in Louisiana, recently visited by CLUI field researchers Igor Vamos and Melinda Stone (they did not do time there, they spent time there). CLUI photo
THE LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY AT Angola is one of the largest and most notorious prisons in the country, and is perhaps the only prison with a prison museum outside its gates. It is home to around 5,000 inmates, more than 80% of whom will never be discharged, and many of whom will be buried within the confines of the prison's own graveyard.

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The VORs of Texas

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CLUI Exhibit Explores Strangely Familiar Radio Beacons
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Summer 1998
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VOR (Very high frequency Omnidirectional Range) antennas are radio beacons, part of a nationwide network of navigational aids used by civil and military aviation. While their function is consistent, their shapes and coloration can vary, and their enigmatic forms hint to the all-too-unfamiliar parallel universe of communication technologies.

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Summer 1998

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Summer 1998
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July 2, 1998
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“The investigation of a specific site is a matter of exacting concepts out of existing sense-data through direct perceptions...One does not impose, but rather expose the site... The unknown areas of sites can best be explored by artists.” -Robert Smithson, as quoted in Lure of the Local, by Lucy Lippard

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Books, Noted

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A sampling of books new to the shelves of The Center's library
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Winter 1999
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Land and Environmental Art
Jeffry Kastner and Brian Wallis, Phaidon, 1998

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The Oak Ridge Observatory and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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Field Report
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Winter 1999
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IN THE HILLS OF EASTERN Massachusetts stands the Oak Ridge Observatory: a picturesque cluster of old astronomical facilities in a grove of pine trees, among which is the only major facility in the United States fully dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

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Nellis Exhibit Postponed Due to Security Concerns

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Violence in the Middle East Impact CLUI Exhibit Schedule
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Winter 1999
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THE CENTER'S EXHIBIT ABOUT THE Nellis Range, the largest restricted groundspace in the United States, scheduled for the Fall of 1998, has been postponed until the Fall of 1999, due primarily to security concerns resulting from recent conflicts between the United States and Islamic groups and nations.

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The Biggest Five and Dime in the World

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A Visit to Bentonville, Arkansas Wal-Mart Ground Zero
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Winter 1999
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1228 The Wal Mart visitor's center in Bentonville. CLUI photo

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Subterranean Renovations

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The Unique Architectural Spaces of Show Caves
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Winter 1999
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1136 Thirty color photographs of some of the most compelling architectural spaces within show caves were featured in the CLUI exhibit. CLUI photoLIKE AN ELABORATE STAGE FOR an audienceless performance, spectacular natural caves formed and transformed over the ages in the unseen world of the underground. When modern humans came into this subterranean world, first as explorers, then as tourists, they brought with them elements from their surficial realm, from cement and electricity to postcards and fried chicken.

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