Using the desert floor like a drawing surface for a diagrammatical enactment of the function of conjunction and opposition, Sturgeon combines a delicate and precise ritualistic structure with the vastness and unpredictability of the windswept landscape. A goblet of water arcs at the end of a string; shadow patterns form symbols in a focusing diagram. By placing himself as a balancing agent between two glasses of water, he struggles for equilibrium; eventually glasses tip and spill alternately bowing to the force of one side or the other. Finally he steps out of the scene, strolling off with the empty water pitcher rolling away in the wind.
Photo featured in Still Moving, The Film and Media Collections of The Museum of Modern Art, by Steven Higgins, Published M.o.M.A. 2006, Chapter: The 1970s, photo 2 Aspects, video John Sturgeon 1976, p. 274