The 49th Parallel Project
A multi-media artist's project by Gregor Turk (1992-1995)
For 1,270 miles (2,043 km.) a section of the U.S./Canadian
border is formed by
the 49th parallel. A 20-foot (6 meter) wide clear-cut (or "vista ")
demarcates the line along with with 912 survey markers. As the world's longest
straight international boundary, this section of the border runs from the Lake of
the Woods (Minnesota/Manitoba) to the waters of the Pacific (Washington/British
Columbia). In 1992, I traveled by foot and bicycle along the course of this line.
As a result of my travels, a substantial body of
artwork and a
documentary video were produced.
Sections of the 49th parallel are visable from space
as shown in this NASA satellite image. Because of the differences in agricultural
subsidies between the two nations, different land usage becomes apparent:
pastures of grain on the U.S. side (bottom of diagonal line) and open range on
the Canadian side.
the left is a view of the
border looking east from the continental divide showing boundary marker #272.
On the right is a
view of the clearcut "vista."
Information on the 49th Parallel Project artwork
Information on the 49th Parallel Project documentary video
All images © 1998 Gregor Turk