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Urban Sprawl as Documented by Arizona Farmer

image courtesy of Matthew Moore

April 04, 2011 As farmland is lost to developers, Arizona farmer (and artist) Matthew Moore creates house floorplans in nearby fields to represent these soon-to-be buildings. Part art, part warning, these expressive works reminds us of “23 million acres (and counting) of farmland swallowed up by urban development in the US during the last 25 years.”

On Moore’s website, Urban Plough, you can click through the timeline and see how urban sprawl has caught up with his farm by way of land that his grandfather sold to developers in 2004. Click on the year 2004 and see the farm rows all plotted out. Click on the year 2005 and see some of those same plots being cultivated for new homes.

In the following video watch Moore begin to ‘sketch’ out one of the floorplans of a future structure:

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Hoe Cam from Matthew Moore on Vimeo.

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h/t @nicolatwilley

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