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  Root & Branch   •  Jennifer Hammond Landau view larger image

Root & Branch

Natural and human-made systems are positioned side-by-side, one grounded in the concrete grid and the other in topographic meandering. Peel away the outer layer of urban structures and peek beneath the streets. There is a branching infrastructure of pipe and wire that maintains human life, just as roots and branches sustain trees in the natural landscape.

Roots may curve as they delve into the soil and pipes may stretch straight beneath the pavement, but both allow water and energy to flow where needed. Streams wind through the landscape, small branches joining into rivers, while neighborhood streets connect to cross-town arteries. The relationship of the two worlds is not always benign, yet on good days we experience them seamlessly, two halves of our existence neatly zipped together.

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