Landscape by Bicycle

4 ½ ft 一 a reference to the standardization of railway track gauges and the unique perspective afforded by their width, grading, and routes (the exact width of most railroads is 4' 8 1/2") 一 explores the American landscape by bicycle from the perspective of abandoned railroads, illuminating a new line across the country. It navigates the tension between the romance of the railroads and the troubled history of their making: the expulsion and extermination of indigenous people from their lands, the abuses of laborers, in particular Chinese laborers, and the often corrupt business practices of early railroad magnates.