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Skeet McAuley

Alaska Pipeline
1990, printed 1991
Fujichrome print
27 3/4 x 86 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation

Close examination of this photograph reveals the silvery, elevated pipeline nearly hidden amidst the profusion of a young birch forest and sunlit grasses. This controversial artery that carries oil from Alaska’s North Slope to Prince William Sound and, eventually, the lower forty-eight states, ironically appears to cohabit with nature and even to disappear within it.