September 7 – October 26, 2014
COSTA RICA, 2014
UV inkjet print on aluminum
12 x 18 inches
As the World Cup showed, this country straddling the Middle-American isthmus has clout. Geopolitical scrutiny
explains why: it's a darling of US companies, US intelligence agencies, US think tanks. Its leaders go on to run UN
agencies. It's a model for the developing world. Or is it? Let's organize the country into its highlands, all above 1500'
elevation, in red, extending along the Isthmus into Panama, and into its lowlands, receiving soil runoff, in white. Then
let's assess the impact on vast water bodies. This includes Lake Managua, at one end, and the Caribbean Sea and
Pacific Ocean, on both flanks. Major dam projects might disturb the interface between red and white. Systematizing the
scrutiny with satellite data, integrated with elevation data, could induce even greater improvements in a tropical habitat.
Image courtesy of Essex Street, New York