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The Cielo

Jennifer Kaiser's avatar Jennifer Kaiser

The word Cielo, actually originates from Latin (Sielo or caelum) the word means sky or heavens. But this spelling, "Cielo," is from Medieval Spanish is the earliest form of the Spanish language that was spoken on the Iberian Peninsula. What you are looking at is the inside of a Silo looking up towards the sky. This old barn and farmhouse were part of the underground Railroad in Southwest Michigan (Allegan County). The underground Railroad was a network of secret routes as well as safe houses during the 19th century, for people escaping from enslaving. The Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad. It got its name because its' activities had to be carried out in secret, using darkness (night/time) or disguise. Railway terms were used by those involved with the system to describe how it worked. Due to the nature of the secret underground network it wasn't so well-coordinated as popular stories suggest and relied on spontaneity as well as vital moments of opportunity. This piece visually draws together the correlations between the silos ladder, the underground "railroad" movement and the latter end of slavery.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 12 inches
  • Medium: Charcoal/Plywood/Pastel/
  • Width: 6ft
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 9ft