The Junk Trail

An environmental art installation created while an artist resident at I-Park

The official Junk Trail video is here!

Watch here: https://youtu.be/cOl8TAkPbcQ.

Thanks to the generosity of I-Park and the hard work of videographer Nancy Pinney, the story of the Junk Trail in under 6 minutes.

 

 

In April 2016 I was invited to be an artist resident at the I-Park International Artists-in-Residence Program in rural Connecticut. My project was to reimagine the so-called Junk Trail, a collection of materials produced by the activities of I-Park and its artists.

 

Upon first inspection at arrival, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, its size (approximately 4000 square feet), state of decay (a confusion covered in layers of leaves) and amount and diversity of material (detritus from the residence, building projects and retired environmental art pieces). But the next day's initial explorations pointed to a direction. I would create a home, a composite of recognizable rooms, accessed by both an interior and exterior trail.

A before video

Taken Day One

Necessity provided a process that I describe as excavation/discovery; organization; composition. It was a methodology, neither linear nor exclusive, where the balance shifted from mostly excavation to mostly composition as the trail took shape. 

 

In additon to the official I-Park video about the project here is a quick and dirty "Before" video and excellent photos, most taken by my fellow resident Marianne Barcellona, that illustrate the project.

Before Pictures, from the early days

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Before
Before
Before
Before
Before
Before

After Pictures

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Trail map
Inevitable Garden Memorial
Entrance to interior trail
Entrance with view of yard
Candelabras
Doorway entrance to interior trail
Bathroom toilet
Bathroom mirror of mirrors
Bathroom shower
Bedroom
Dining room
Dining room table
Office
Office desk
Office desk
Office desk detail
Office aquarium
Office junk drawer
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen sink
Garage
Surreptitious signature
Interior trail windows
Interior trail
Boiler/machine room
Boiler/machine room detail
Boiler/machine room
Boiler/machine room
Sanctuary
Sanctuary chapel
Sanctuary chapel detail
Sanctuary Table for One
Table for One alternate view
Interior trail exit
Can pile
Exterior trail
Closet
Cauldron of Blue in yard
Yard terrace
Working the trail
Partial materials list

Metal Mobiles

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Raw material
Raw material
Sorted raw material
Mobile in process in studio
Mobile
Mobile
Mobile
Mobile
Mobile
Mobile detail
Mobile
Sign Post
Mobile
Metal sculpture
Mobile
Mobile
100% Junk Trail Necklace
100% Junk Trail Necklace

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