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Ports of Consumption

[Credit: Matthew Cramer,]

A post on the Life on the Edge blog about shipping containers reminded us about a post we intended to do earlier. Polar Inertia's April issue features the photo and artistry of Matthew Cramer in which he looks at the fascinating and none too healthy world of ports, including our very own Ports of LA and Long Beach, shown in silhouette above. From the exhibit description:

These images are a series of paintings, drawings and photographs depicting the landscape of the global economy. Port Terminals like these are commerce reduced to its essential form, sites built for efficiency only. They are sites that are immense and empty, seemingly still and unmoving, yet incredible volumes of materials move through daily. These container ports are an abstraction of the infrastructure, underlying our cities and suburbs. They are points of consumption and entry. I see landscapes like these as reflections on the values, needs, and dependencies of our culture. Both on the outskirts and fringes, they are essential to our daily lives... Consumption and entry, trade deficits and globalization. Good stuff.
· Port Terminals: Strategy Analysis Consumption Network Operations [Polar Inertia]