Particulate matter (smog and soot) on porcelain; Text reads: "I want to be remembered as the president who did more to help and protect America's environment than any president since Teddy Roosevelt" Bush 10/88; "I place stencil images on transparent materials, then leave these on the roof of my studio and let the particulate matter in the heavy air fall upon them. When the stencil is removed the images reveal themselves. To quote a stranger, they are 'footprints of the sky.' Since the worst in our air can't be seen, Smog Collectors are both literal and metaphoric depictions of the current conditions of our life source. They are reminders of our industrial decisions:the road we took that seemed so modern."
The original object was scanned as a TIFF file on a Nikon Coolscan 4000 film scanner at approximately 4000 pixels on the long dimension. A 300 ppi JPEG file limited to 1024 pixels on the long dimension was then added to the CONTENTdm database.