Upon arriving at our host’s house in Kansas City, we were informed that the neighbor had reported seeing a gang on our host’s front porch a few evenings prior. The neighbor called the police, but no gang was found. We decided to help out the neighborhood by conducting an observation session late last night. The results are documented in this video.
On Wednesday, July 22, 2009 the Porta Hedge made three consecutive land speed records at the BONNEVILLE SPEEDWAY. Although we did not approach the 622.407 mph record set by GARY GABELICH in 1970, we were satisfied with the results. We were also pleased with how well the Porta Hedge thrived in the plantless salt plains, but we can’t claim to be the first to put artificial trees out in the Utah desert
Watch the video to see how we did in our land speed trials.
The Porta Hedge is parked at 1200 North Alvarado Street in Los Angeles today, providing a buffer between the relentless passing traffic and the MACHINE PROJECT gallery space. If you happen to be around, just knock on the back door and we’ll let you in to observe what’s going on around the Hedge.
We met a man in Yellowstone, a fellow New Jerseyan who claimed to work for the military, or a military contractor, or some organization related to the military. He promised us that he would take the postcard we gave him back to his coworkers and make the Porta Hedge a hedge for military applications.
The irony in this development would be the partial realization of the Mobile Production Facilities for Biological Weapons that the U.S. deftly crafted in a 3D modeling program as part of its efforts to convince the world that it should invade Iraq in 2003 – a presentation that Colin Powell later publicly regretted giving.
Crossing the border at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park on Sunday was a breeze. With nowhere to camp in the park that night however, we exited through the west entrance and parked the hedge at a small campground just over the Wyoming/Montana border. Getting back into Yellowstone the next day proved a challenge.
Our second border crossing into the park is documented in audio and accompanied by still images in the following clip:
It’s only difficult the first time.
On Friday our hosts brought us to the Gallatin International Speedway in Belgrade, Montana. The races were loud, fast, and full of cheering fans, beer and half burned gasoline fumes. We were not able to get the Porta Hedge to circle the track – but that would make a spectacular coda to any car race.
After the races, we parked the Porta Hedge so that racegoers could visit it as they walked back to their cars. We invited people to take a minute and explore the inside of the hedge and some did. Others stayed clear with scowls on their face. No one took the offer to place it in their yard for observation or surveillance purposes.
The Little Big Horn Battlefield has been memorialized as one of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their way of life. We visited this important field with the Porta Hedge on our way through Montana.
For those who need a history refresher, the Battle of Little Big Horn (also known as Custer’s Last Stand, or as the Battle of Greasy Grass) occurred between a Lakota-Cheyene force and the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army on June 25 and June 26 1876, during which five of the Seventh’s companies were annihilated, including George Armstrong Custer’s company and he as well.
What an amazing rugged landscape is Roosevelt National Park! Rugged and completely accessible. We drove the paved road through the park with the Porta Hedge, spotting some wildlife along the way and admiring the geological formations that originally earned the place the title ‘the badlands’.