Grid Corrections • Gerco De Ruijter
304 p, ills colour, approximately 8.5" x 8.5", hb, Dutch/English. Nai010 Publishers
In the late 18th century surveyors divided the American Midwest into neat squares of exactly one mile. Because the Earth is round, however, the lines tapered to the north. The grid therefore needed to be corrected, and evidence of these adjustments can be found at intervals of 20 miles. While driving along the dead straight, dusty roads in Kansas, aerial photographer Gerco de Ruijter found small bends and T-junctions, each one different, in an otherwise completely geometric road network. Designed by Irma Boom, this book features De Ruijter’s selection of over 250 grid corrections, a testimony to the human urge to design the landscape and the many ways nature responds.