The Disappeared was an exhibit I did early in 2009 with photographer Nancy Raven and watercolorist Ann Downs, and it forced me to crystallize a body of work I’d been building since 1996 on the theme of the earth retaking the “things of man.” It includes the ruins of Fort Ord on the Monterey Bay, the generations of cars parked in Lewis Creek in Monterey County, the mining ghost town of Granite in Montana, and a number of other similar subjects. I continue to add to this collection as the subject matter reveals itself.
Abandoning Fort Ord ~ More to Come
The Disappeared Exhibit soon evolved into Abandoning Fort Ord, an exhibit that appeared at several community meetings hosted by LandWatch Monterey County to educate the public on the myriad of issues hindering the redevelopment and preservation of open space at the former army base that closed in 1994. In 1997, The Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan (BRP) became the governing document and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) became the governing body for implementing the BRP for how Fort Ord would be divided up between the adjacent jurisdictions, what would be redeveloped, and what would be preserved. It all represents a massive compromise between the participating jurisdictions from water districts to National Parks, and public nonprofit organizations as diverse as labor unions to art advocacy groups. The plan has been a great success in terms of creating Cal State Monterey Bay, Fort Ord National Monument and Fort Ord Dunes State Park; and a monumental failure for the most local jurisdictions to follow the plan and for FORA to enforce the plan—MONUMENTAL FAILURE OF THE PUBLIC TRUST! So to me, the community vision for Fort Ord to be a catalyst for economic elevation and smart sustainable growth has been abandoned and replaced by greedy politics.
Abandoning Fort Ord will soon be released as its own portfolio that will include both the abandoned army structures and the land’s wild beauty.