The singer John Denver made a career out of singing about the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, most notably remembered for his song, Rocky Mountain High. It’s a terrific play on words, encapsulating the almost heady feeling one gets when we are out in the wilderness, far from the crowds and noise and bustle.
There is, indeed, something about the heights, being at the top of things, surveying the world from above. When we are atop, looking down, details below look smaller, more distant, less formidable than when we are in the valley, surrounded by the mountains and cliffs and looking up at them as obstacles to be climbed.
High on Zion, the artwork, transports the viewer to a high meadow in Zion National Park, Utah, USA. We are on the West Rim Trail, looking down and into the main area of the park, where – though we can’t see it – throngs of tourists are filling the buses that shuttle them from one end of the park to another.
Where we are, however, there are no throngs or tourists...