City Lights United States of America and Black Marble (Asia) by 20x200 Artist Fund
Both of today’s releases are courtesy of the super-advanced cameras at NASA. For City Lights, they snapped the land mass from far above the continent, so all we can see are bright clusters illuminating our lives on one particular night. The result isn’t a country but a constellation in cobalt and gold, sturdy and fragile at once. The East burns with frenzied electricity; westward, there are expanses of open land seemingly asleep. Like a brightly lit bookend, a ribbon of light hugs the West Coast. Varied as it is, it is indeed one nation, floating in space, a collection of movie screens and smartphones and office buildings and flashlights under the covers in the dark.
For Black Marble (Asia), meanwhile, we seem to have zoomed up a level in the stratosphere. Here, the shapes of Asia’s nations glimmer from the darkened planetary surface, and a distant sun becomes a sliver of blue crescent. Together or separately, these editions are delicate, powerful reminders of the singularity of the planet and its disparate places. Read more.
Prints for City Lights United States of America and Black Marble (Asia) begin at $24.
Images courtesy of NASA.