jack toolin
perfect view

Perfect View is an exploration of landscape, technology, and the network of independent explorers utilizing GPS to implement their excursions. Geocaching enthusiasts across the U.S. were asked to recommend locations they thought were sublime. The latitude and longitude coordinates provided by the respondents became the waypoints (guide points) for a thirty-three state, thirteen thousand mile motorcycle expedition and the subject matter of this project.

The exhibited pieces are triptychs that juxtapose three different ways of viewing these supposed sublime sites including panoramic photographic documentation, satellite aerial imagery of the location, and 3D computer graphic imagery of the topography using USGS topographical data as a source.

The work plays on our extraordinary ability to re-present nature while the qualities of sublimity remain elusive. The work also plays on the parallels between technological and philosophical developments during the Enlightenment and during our current ‘high-tech’ period.

  • Exhibitions:
  • The Project Room at the Chelsea Art Museum
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • The San José Musem of Art
  • The Warehouse Gallery at Syracuse University
  • Foxy Production, New York City
  • San Francisco Camerawork

CGI created with topo data.


Satellite view.

Interview with Geocacher Fatboy Slim

36.841, -84.511; Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

44.211, -68.225; Cadillac Mt., Maine

Perfect View Route

Route taken - more than twelve thousand miles over two months. Sublime locations were recommended by geocachers nationally, and used as waypoints for route mapping.

Perfect View Artifacts

Installation view, San Francisco Camerawork, 2005. Depicted at the expedition 'artifacts,' including the vehicle used, the maps and GPS device, and 'treasures' exchanged at sublime locations.