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Morton House

Christine Olson's avatar Christine Olson

The Morton House, like many historic buildings, has a life of its own, with many episodes from grand hotel to low income housing. It is now on the cusp of a new incarnation. Last year it served as an ArtPrize venue and I took the opportunity to make rubbings of its textured natural stone walls and floors. I also took photos of the dramatic light/dark interplay in the architectural details. Together the rubbings and photos led me to consider the people who passed through its halls. I imagined their lives having twists and turns, and ups and downs like the building itself. The stairwells with their twists and turns and ups and downs are metaphors for both the building and the people who inhabited it. I believe the past provides insight to the present. As major metro areas forge ahead becoming ever more modern, vital communities, historic preservation and vestiges of the past can serve as rudders in the time-space continuum of growth and progress. My intent is to celebrate some of these historic vestiges that nurture who we are culturally. I am reminded of Shakespeare's words that appear at the entrance to our National Archives, "What is past is prologue."

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: Drawing/Collage
  • Width: 42 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 37 inches