True North: Station Pass
Oil Based Lumber & Soil
15’ x 30’ x 60’, 2022
One hundred million Africans were abducted over the four hundred years of the transatlantic slave trade. Less than thirty million survived the journey. One hundred thousand Africans escaped via the Underground Railroad. “True North: Station Pass” connects us to these stark facts with a physical reminder, an experience, in a crawl space towards freedom.
“True North: Station Pass” is the first built structure in the series “True North”. These permanent works in our landscape provide an immersive leap into the point of view of the African. The observer, facing the night sky or perpetual confinement, is transformed from passive to active participant, searching for freedom, with the aid of nature’s celestial map from south to north.
“True North: Station Pass” is the largest permanent monument to the Underground Railroad in North America. It is the only monument to the legacy African Self Liberation that is experience based. Next spring, June 2023, we’ll refine the work by including the Little Dipper star system, which includes Polaris (The North Star), as a natural light source, into the ceiling of the work.
Collaborators / Station Agents:
Brandon Chambers: @brandon_art_chambers
Bruna Dalessandro: @bruna_dalessandro
Claudette Montgomery: @claudette_lm
Eli Brown: @eli.m.brown
Ellina Kevorkian: @ellinakevorkianstudio
Emma Wood: @mycophile.e.art
Franconia Sculpture Park: @franconiamn
Ginger Porcella: @prudentaggression
Michael Legan: @michael_legan
Tim M: @m_a_n_a_l_o_t