five states of freedom #7

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five states of freedom [number 7]photograph, 2014
Shot on a former Titan II 570-9 Missile Silo near Tucson, Arizona. The Titan II program was developed by the US military to increase the size, strength, and speed of the nation’s weapons arsenal in the 1950s and 60s. Each missile carried a single warhead stored and launched from underground silos. This particular site was active May 1st 1962 through December 2nd 1983 and is now currently a Vista De La Montaña Methodist Church. The church has painted an image based upon the Tohono O’odham icon of the Man in the Maze atop the former missile silo. The image refers to the mischievous creator god I’itoi, who resides in a cave below the peak of Baboquivari Mountain, part of the Tohono O’odham Nation. I’itoi is responsible for a series of commandments guiding people to remain in balance with the world and interact with it as intended.