The Crystal Fire, Vol. I is a collection of observations, made via photographs, archival material, and borrowed text, that highlight the similarities of Mount Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei, and the Moon. The book navigates through a myriad of interconnected references, from NASA’s Apollo Project to the deity Apollo—who is ubiquitously represented throughout the region in monuments, such as the Temple of Apollo in Pompeii. The result is a fragmented narrative of these beautiful, yet volatile, volcanic landscapes that are harbingers of both life and death.
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Cigarette Card, No. 28, Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius stands about ten miles from the City of Naples across the bay. Destructive eruptions occur from time to time, when pieces of red-hot rock and ashes are shot upwards to the height of over a mile. What appears to be dense smoke issuing from the crater is, in reality, a combination of steam and gases mingled with ashes and dust.
— Susan Sontag, The Volcano Lover