THE INSTITUTE OF MARKING AND MEASURING  
  PROJECTS ABOUT EPHEMERA  
       
   

The grid of the Rectangular Survey System is a defining feature of the landscape of the Western United States--exacting on the ground and strikingly visible from the air. Within millions of square miles of gridded land, there exist 32 distinct markers or "initial points" that serve as the zero-point for individual survey campaigns. The Institute of Marking and Measuring has published a travel brochure that tabulates each of these Points of Beginning along with their driving directions, lattitude/longitude designations, surveyors' field notes, and a history of the Rectangular Survey System. Originating in an enduring interest in the various cultures of marking and measuring the landscape, this historical itinerary begins to make legible the invisible structures which define the textures of the built environment.

An Historic Itinerary of the Initial Points of the Contiguous United States
6th Principle Meridian, Kansas/Nebraska State Line
Navajo Principle Meridian, New Mexico
 
 
 
 
    Initial Points
   

Jesse Vogler
Louis Schalk
with
The Center for Land Use Interpretation

Collaborators
Bureau of Land Management
City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
National Museum of Surveying

Principle Meridian Project

Exhibit
CLUI, Los Angeles
Jan-April , 2012

National Museum of Surveying
Springfield, Illinois
Aug 2012 - continuous

Field Sessions
Surveying Workshop
Saturday, January 28, 2012
CLUI, Los Angeles

Press
BLDG BLOG
Graphite Interdisciplinary Journal
Domus
Artforum