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Troy DeShano

Stockade Labyrinth by David Barr


There is the forbidding stockade, like those built by advancing Europeans to separate the worlds of immigrant and indigenous people. The words within the walls are French, the language of Marquette, Cadillac, Jolliet and LaSalle. The images, such as the hand, a horse pulling a plow and a soaring eagle, each reflect on the impact, both physical and spiritual, of human kind on nature’s abundance. The viewer can pause at “dead-end stations” pondering war, trapping, mining, farming and spiritual quests on the way to the overlook platform.