“An army is coming,” the boy said. “I had a vision.” “The desert fills men’s hearts with visions,” the camel driver answered. But the boy told him about the hawks: that he had been watching their flight and had suddenly felt himself to have plunged to the Soul of the World. The camel driver understood what the boy was saying. He knew that any given thing on the face of the earth could reveal the history of all things. One could open a book to any page, or look at a person’s hand; one could turn a card, or watch the flight of the birds…whatever the thing observed, one could find a connection with his experience of the moment. Actually, it wasn’t that those things, in themselves, revealed anything at all; it was just that people, looking at what was occurring around them, could find a means of penetration to the Soul of the World.” Text: Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist. Translated by Alan R. Clarke. Harper Collins, New York, 1998. Image: Walter De Maria, Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, Germany – DIA Art Foundation solid brass circular rod 2 inches in diameter, 1 kilometer into the Earth total weight: 18 ¾ tons. Top surrounded by red sandstone plate 2 x 2 meters constructed during Documenta VI, 1977.

vertical earth kilometer