“The Fence” is the colloquial name for a vast and extremely powerful radar system surrounding the United States. It is an electromagnetic border that extends far into space from transmitters in Alaska, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Greenland, and the United Kingdom. The Fence is designed to track spacecraft overflying the United States and to serve as an early warning system to detect ballistic missile launches.
This photograph was produced in cooperation with an amateur radio astronomer in Texas. Because the Fence’s microwave frequencies are invisible to human eyes (the Fence is made out of the same electromagnetic waves we call light, but is in frequencies lower than what our eyes can see), the “light” from the Fence was shifted up into a visible spectrum.
The Fence (Lake Kickapoo, Texas)
50 x 40 inches