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Landscape as Muse

Season Two - Episode 22

Pocket Desert with Richard E. Prince
As the northern extremity of Mexico's Sonoran Dessert, the pocket desert is a rare habitat in Canada. Here you will find rattlesnakes and scorpions, burrowing owls and sage thrashers, greasewood and mariposa lilies. The desert's dry air and cloudless skies has long been valued for celestial observation.

Vancouver sculptor Richard E. Prince is renowned for his elaborate, and sometimes mechanized, artworks that examine natural phenomena. In this episode, Prince presents his “stargazers” work - precision machined viewing devices with which he sites the morning and evening stars of the desert sky.