Terraria Gigantica
88 pages, 12 1/2 x 10 1/2
44 color plates, 16 color photos
Release Date:01 Oct 2017
$55.95 Back Order
Ships in 4-6 weeks.

Terraria Gigantica

The World under Glass

By (photographer) Dana Fritz; Introduction by William L. Fox; Epilogue by Rebecca Reider
University of New Mexico Press

In a new approach to environmental photography, Dana Fritz explores the world's largest enclosed landscapes: Arizona's Biosphere 2, Cornwall's Eden Project, and Nebraska's Lied Jungle and Desert Dome at the Henry Doorly Zoo. In these vivaria, plants are grown amid carefully constructed representations of the natural world to entertain and educate tourists while also supporting scientific research. Together, these architectural and engineering marvels stand as working symbols of our complex relationship with the environment.

Giant terraria require human control of temperature, humidity, irrigation, insects, weeds, and other conditions to create otherwise impossible ecosystems. While technical demands inform the design of these spaces, the juxtapositions of natural and artificial elements generate striking visual paradoxes that can go unnoticed. Here Fritz turns away from visitors' prepared sight lines, revealing alternate views that dispel the illusion of natural conditions. Inviting questions about what it means to create and contain landscapes, Terraria Gigantica inspires contemplation of our ecological future.

Dana Fritz is a professor of art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Japan and is held in several public collections worldwide.

Dana Fritz

Introduction. Terraria Gigantica: The World under Glass, 2007-2011
William L. Fox

Color Plates
World under Glass: Dana Fritz and the Photography of Terraria
Carrie M. Robbins

Rebecca Reider

List of Color Plates

Find what you’re looking for...

30% off UBC Press books through May 31 using code ANYWHERE30 at checkout!

Stay Informed

Receive the latest UBC Press news, including events, catalogues, and announcements.

Read past newsletters

Current Catalogue
Fall 2022 catalogue cover
Publishers Represented
UBC Press is the Canadian agent for several international publishers. Visit our Publishers Represented page to learn more.