In the sixth issue of TOO MUCH: Magazine of Romantic Geography we explore the experience of mingling the manmade and natural in an age when the boundaries between the two are becoming irrelevant.
We begin in the dark, in a cave in Indonesia containing the oldest examples of cave art. We head to the peak of a fake mountain, embedded into an apartment block in China. We retell the history of the constructed sacred forest around Tokyo's Meiji Shrine, and document the street gardens of the city. We visit a gas clouded sulfur mine in Java, a landscape where workers still extract minerals by hand, and then to the Falkland Islands to reflect on war, species and evolution after Darwin.
Although this issue is about our experience of manmade nature, it's also, implicitly but importantly, about the planet's experience of us.