This thesis investigates the Athabasca oil sands as a site removed from the public's perception. As a result of physical distance and specialization, the oil sands are perceived dominantly through images circulated by artists, activists, and industry. The image-based experience constructs an illegible territory on paper and screens, stemming from a site whose complexities resist representation. Through this research, I will analyze the perception of sites that are not directly experienced and create a visual infrastructure for oil sand representations already widely circulated, that are 'siteless' in the imagination of those for whom the site is off-limits. Architecturally, this work will focus on the role of scale in transitioning images from inaccessible realities to highly disseminated paper spaces, and onwards to the imagination. How can we read this land and what are the challenges and limits of representational media?