Six years ago, Louis Schalk and Jesse Vogler from the Institute of Marking and Measuring wrote a remarkably concise history of the Rectangular Survey System, detailing the 32 Initial Points – the precise locations anchoring the conceptual grid of land division in the western United States.
On view until mid-April, Initial Points: Anchors of America’s Grid, an exhibition by the Center for Land Use Interpretation
In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, Vogler and Schalk held a workshop where participants placed an official Los Angeles benchmark in front of CLUI, travelled to the top of Baldwin Hills, and surveyed the change in elevation. Providing insight into the practical application of surveying tools, the workshop complemented the conceptual quality of the exhibit as a whole. Ultimately, Initial Points brings the practice of surveying back into the view of the general public.
For information regarding the The Center for Land Use Interpretation please visit their website here and for more details on the Institute of Marking and Measuring explore more of their programming here
– Emily Anne Kuriyama