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(Utopia/Dystopia) 2014

(Utopian/Dystopian) 2014

This miniature bridge is part of a larger project that imagines a future that builds on Vermont’s colonial past as well as the part it played in the utopian re-imagining of America in the 1960s and 1970s. Covered bridges, like barns and billboards, were once used as outdoor advertising spaces. This feature of Americana becomes a site among others that hints at what Fredric Jameson terms a “critical dystopia” which Jameson considers “a negative cousin of the Utopia proper,” still “in the light of some positive conception of human possibilities.”