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Summary

The Presidio Pet Cemetery, nestled under Doyle Drive at the foot of McDowell Avenue, is the final resting place for the more than four-hundred and twenty dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, lizards and goldfish that once lived on the military base at the Presidio. Grave markers date back more than fifty years, when two thousand families were stationed there. The base was closed in 1996 and is now a national park. While Doyle Drive (the ramp that leads to the Golden Gate Bridge) is being replaced overhead, the Pet Cemetery is protected by falsework, nets and fencing and is currently inaccessible. After construction ends in 2015, the site will be restored and once again serve as a reminder of what military family life was like at the Presidio. FALSEWORK explores the visual disparity between the cemetery's small, fragile graves and the massive structure that protects them to examine the dynamic relationship between humans, their pets and this site.

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