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Serpent Mound, Ohio

Accession Number
2012/2.12

Title
Serpent Mound, Ohio

Artist(s)
Marilyn Bridges

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1982

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
20 in x 24 in (50.8 cm x 60.96 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)

Subject matter
Marilyn Bridges describes the markings and monuments that she photographs from above as “the messages of humankind.” As a pilot and photographer, she documents contemporary landscapes connected to ancient times, which addresses the human relationship to the earth and environment. In this photograph, Bridges focuses on the Serpent Mound in Ohio and its surrounding landscape. It is an effigy mound in the shape of a snake with a curled tail emerging between trees. This location is believed to have been used for ceremonial puproses.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts an aerial view of an effigy mound in the shape of a snake surrounded by trees.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Serpentes (suborder)
aerial photography
earthworks (sculpture)
effigy mounds (monuments)
landscapes (representations)
trees

4 Related Resources

Landscape and Nature, Comparative and Historical
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Nature in Photography
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Regions of the United States
(Part of: Teaching United States History through Art )
Sharing the Planet  
(Part of: I.B. Units of Inquiry)

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