top: PolaMap 8809
36″ x 24″
above: PolaMap 9966
36″ x 24″
While this work is about paying homage to television science guy Mr. Wizard and NASA’s LANDSAT image program, it’s also partly about what I saw when I was a little boy, staring out the window of the airplane that my dad flew our family around in. He had a fractional ownership in a sweet, yellow and white 1965 Mooney Executive airplane.
My dad had flown P-38’s in WWII and like a lot of those pilots from that era, when he came home he wanted to keep flying. So he found a way to scrape together enough money on his community college instructor’s salary, and found 3 other guys to share ownership of the Mooney with.
So that’s how we got around as a family sometimes – we flew. We drove too, but for long visits to different states my dad would block time in the log book and fly us to our destination. Those are sweet memories because most of the time I’d get to ride in the right seat next to my dad. Sometimes he’d let me fly the airplane, too. But those trips were often three to six hours long and I can remember logging a lot of time looking down at the unique patterns on the land, both man-made and natural. I was fascinated by the mechanics of flight, mostly because I wanted so much to be like my dad. But I was fascinated even more by the landscape below.