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The Atlantic | 08.14.15

How to See Invisible Infrastructure

Ingrid Burrington

“So what brings you to Atlanta?” the man at the Alamo rental-car desk asked my friend Sam. We responded perhaps more eagerly than necessary.

“You know those markings you’ll see on the sidewalk that tell you where a gas main is or the signs that tell people to call before they dig?” Sam began.

“We’re here for an event where the people who make those markings do that competitively, for money,” I added. “We’re here to watch.”

D&S artist in residence Ingrid Burrington tells the story of traveling to Georgia for the 14th Annual International Utility Locate Rodeo and concludes with a meditation on seeing, infrastructure, and maps.

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