Tower Of Babel

2009, oil on 9 wooden panels | 36 x 48 inches
The world of 19th-century New York surveyor, Verplanck Colvin, is evoked to contrast with the 21st-century world of modern wireless communications. Colvin built signal towers as a technical innovation to map a wilderness. Colvin quantified the unknown and trod on largely unfamiliar territory: namely, the North Country of New York State in the 1870’s, relatively late in the game of uncharted land.