French and Indian voyageurs
French and Indian voyageurs

The first westerners came to what is now Detroit by canoe on the lakes and rivers with Indian guides.

Voyageurs in studio
Voyageurs in studio

At 555 Gallery, Detroit,
At 555 Gallery, Detroit,

Voyageurs as a walk through installation.

French and Indian voyageurs
French and Indian voyageurs

The first westerners came to what is now Detroit by canoe on the lakes and rivers with Indian guides.

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Voyageurs

 

10' long x 4' wide, suspended 6' above the floor

rebar, wire, fencing, deconstructed T-shirts, cables

2014

 

A walk-through space where visions from  ancestors past are summoned to guide us into the future. For millennia, indigenous tribes  crossed the Great Lakes in canoes to meet and trade in the area now called Detroit. The early French explorers followed their path to open the territory to the west. In the last century people came from around the world to work in the vastly productive automobile plants in Detroit. The automobile, an individual traveling machine, defined the way of life in our region for a hundred years. Now that time is coming to an end and in the spirit of the Voyageurs, we must look for new territory, new sustenance and new pathways to follow.