Mike Glier

Along a Long Line


Along a Long Line is a set of paintings and a book recording a trip along the 70th longitude beginning at the Arctic Circle and ending at the equator. The itinerary for the project was as follows:


  • June-August, 2007: Pangnirtung, Baffin Island, Canada.
    Pangnirtung is an Inuit village on a fjord of Cumberland Sound very near the Arctic Circle.

  • October-December, 2007: San Cudo, Ecuador.
    The Jatun Sacha Reserve, near San Cudo, is a 2500-hectare ecological preserve on the Napo River. Administered as a research station by the Jatun Sacha Foundation, the forest shelters one of the world's most diverse collections of plant, animal and insect species.

  • January-February, 2008: St. John, Virgin Islands.
    The 14,000-acre, Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John has been designated by the United Nations as a part of the biosphere reserve network.

  • April-May, 2008: New York, New York.


Along a Long Line is the second part of a larger, outdoor painting project. The first part, Latitude, is a series of paintings made in one place over time to study the change of color, light and motif as the earth tilts on its axis. The third part, Antipodes, is a road trip to write, photograph and paint in landscapes on opposite points of the globe. Marking a point, drawing an arc, and implying a diameter, these three projects visualize the earth as a shared space, sectioned by scientific measure rather than political boundaries.