Santa Fe Trail

The Santa Fe Trail helped travelers find their way west, although the physical trail varied and shifted over time.  The idea of a westward movement far outweighed the actual trail: whatever markings and way-finding objects were left behind determined the physical route while the thirst for land, prosperity and a new frontier provided the driving force behind the journey.

In teams of two, 60 objects were found and documented from the New Mexico site.  The bleak landscape prompted the choice of rocks and a measurement of their volume above and below the ground.  Documentation of these 60 rocks led to a design that embodied the spirit of westward movement and addressed the ephemeral and phenomenological aspects of a path determined by remnants left behind by the preceding traveler.

An armature system supports a walking path with sliding partitions that can be left open, closed, or in between.  The placement of the partitions change with each new traveler, effectively altering the route left behind for the next person. Way-stations, used for sleeping and temporary relief, are located along the path and retract into themselves when not in use.

In Collaboration with Nicholas Banks.

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