Aerial images of ancient ruins on display at Valley Airports

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Oblique aerial view of the central-western portion of Chaco Canyon, with Pueblo Bonito at bottom center. Pueblo del Arroyo is along the watercourse immediately above it. View is to the west, with the Chuska Mountains on the horizon. By Adriel Heisey Oblique aerial view of the central-western portion of Chaco Canyon, with Pueblo Bonito at bottom center. Pueblo del Arroyo is along the watercourse immediately above it. View is to the west, with the Chuska Mountains on the horizon. By Adriel Heisey

PHOENIX -- "From Above: Photographs by Adriel Heisey", a collection of large-scale photographs that capture the ancient ruins in the southwest landscape are on display at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Phoenix Deer Valley Airport.

Heisey is the photographer that captured these aerial images from his ultra-light aircraft. Officials at Sky Harbor say, "the low-altitude angles reveal how the terrain and natural resources influenced where humans settled."

"I fly for wonder, and I photograph for understanding," said Heisey. "Seeing the world from above stirs me with musings on origins and meaning. These thoughts are the province of science, art, even religion, so I am not surprised when aerial photographs arouse feelings of all three."

The exhibition is a collaboration between Heisey and Archaeology Southwest of Tucson.

David J. Ramirez of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport says, "The display merges aesthetic beauty and a record of archaeological preservation that creates a source of wonder and intriguing interest."

The exhibitions are free and can be viewed in Terminal 2 through June 2 and in Terminal 4 at level 3 through July 21. The exhibition will be at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport through June 2.

The exhibition is coordinated by the Phoenix Airport Museum, one of the largest airport museums in the United States.

Heisey is a New-Mexico based aerial photographer. His photographs have gained him international exposure along with features in National Geographic Magazine and appearances of both his work and himself in a number of documentaries.