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Laura Gilpin

Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs
about 1926
platinum print
11 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

Smoke from this factory set against pristine western foothills seems like a commentary on the spoiling of our nation’s great vistas. Laura Gilpin adds an ominous rain cloud and a trio of military airplanes, deepening the foreboding atmosphere. Gilpin as a Colorado native was particularly sensitive to its history and the changes wrought by time.