Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Photo of the Day: Piping Up About Bergen County History



This photo shows a marvelous piece of “ecoart,” one of five former drainage pipes in the woods at the Teaneck Creek Park, operated by the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. These pipes, believed to be remnants from the construction of the nearby New Jersey Turnpike, show five different periods in the history of the land from prehistory to the present. Five years ago, muralist Eduardo Alexander Rabel led school children and adult volunteers in creating (or, as I like to think of it, creatively reclaiming) these artifacts. I like how the artist(s) used every part of the barrel to tell this story in pictures: the inside of the pipe, representing human aspects of the era; the outside, environmental aspects (or degredation) associated with it. (Even the wolf seems to be crying out against the damage.)

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