NONSITE (an indoor earthwork)
Photostat, 12 1/2 x 10 1/2" Robert Smithson

"Pine Barrens and The Non-Site itself exists a space of metaphoric significance. It could be that "travel" in this space is a vast metaphor. Everything between the two sites could become physical metaphorical material devoid of natural meanings and realistic assumptions. Let us say that one goes on a fictitious trip if one decides to go to the site of the Non-Site. The "trip" becomes invented, devised, artificial; therefore, one might call it a non-trip to a site from a Non-site. Once one arrives at the "airfield", one discovers that it is man-made in the shape of a hexagon, and that I mapped this site in terms of esthetic boundaries rather than political or economic boundaries (31 sub-division-see map). (...)

Theories like things are also abandoned. That theories are eternal is doubtful. Vanished theories compose the strata of many forgotten books".
*Non-Site in Unpublished Writings in Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, ed. Jack Flam, University of California Press, Berkeley, California, 2.ed. 1996

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