"The Circuit", installation
19th century Beaver Felt Hat,
spurs, Bicycle helmet, pedals
text and map
Riding through central Illinois along
the routes that paralleled the Illinois
8th Judicial Circuit that was ridden by
country lawyers on horseback over 150
years ago. Lincoln did this 400 mile
route twice a year.
Blueprint Cyanotype on 140lb rag paper
24" x 36", 2012
This map series encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland and highlights the route taken for the project. The circles indicate daily stops on the 34 day 2046 mile trip from Springfield, Illinois to Washington D.C. and the text is the day to day log book entry. (The front door of Abraham Lincoln’s home to the White House.)
"34 Days to Washington: Taking Measure Across the American Landscape" is a process art project involving bicycling 2034 miles from Springfield, Illinois to Washington D.C.following the meandering route that Abraham Lincoln road on his inaugural train to Washington D. C..
This work will attempt to address the interelationships between movement through the landscape under human power and the contempletive low impact space it affords. During the time of travel, I reflected on the power of a cultural icon, well being in a civil society, contemporary aesthetics, and the individual process of conceptually mapping a landscape. By retracing the route Abraham Lincoln traveled from Springfield, Illinois to Washington D.C. after he was elected, it is my intent to explore the validity of Lincoln in a contemporary figure in civil society as well as the personal mythologies I see in American history.