July 31, 2007

Love Brother Monument Proposal

With everything I would need for the next five weeks packed in to a 21" rolling suitcase, Robert dropped me off at LAX. My first stop was Philadelphia.

At the newsstands, eating places and boarding area I see two types of travelers; it's noticeable in their faces. There are people waiting for their flight because of their job, and those who are traveling for pleasure. Because I'm on my way to view various art fairs, I thought of this trip as being "(art-)work related," but I realize that I am more like those on vacation.

The difference is that between intention and experience. The business traveler is like the driver of a car: she moves with intention. Those of us who are traveling for the experience are like a passenger in the same car: our eyes move about, our senses fill our memory.

My first stop is in Philadelphia. The entry to the right side of the picture above is the entry to the Liberty Bell Center. The bricked area in the foreground was the site of the slave quarters behind the first presidential residence where George Washington lived and carried out the affairs of state.

This photo shows the excavations taking place on the site of the main presidential house. In the 1830's the house was torn down and replaced by a row of shop houses. The little blue flags in the picture mark the basement-level foundations of the presidential home. The red flags mark the foundation walls of the shop houses that came later. In the lower right corner you can see the curved foundation wall supporting the bow window of the State Room. The man in the white helmet stands at the excavation of the original well for the property. I spoke with Jay Levin, Archaeologist on-site with the National Park Service, and he said that Washington ordered a new well to be dug to the left of the picture (not seen) because this well could be seen from the front, and those drawing water would have been Washington's slaves brought from Mount Vernon to Pennsylvania, a free state.

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