Sunday, January 2, 2011

Portholes from --- Straits of Mackinac

The Ferry – Straits of Mackinac – portholes as garden art

One of the interesting “art projects” found in the Gardens at Waters East (GAWE) is that made from old broken glass, once the portholes on the last of the car ferry used as transport between St. Ignace and Mackinaw City on the Straits of Mackinac in upper Michigan.  This ferry, The Straits of Mackinac, was the last car ferry in use before the Mackinac Bridge was completed on November 1, 1957.

As visitors walks down the steps in the Nautical Garden, they can see through the very same glass fragments that thousands of travelers did for so many years riding the waves through the narrows of upper Michigan.  It makes the mind wonder back in time to all those people who looked at the lake through these same fragments of glass.  One is captured by the memory of so many people, with so many stories, of days gone by.  The garden visitor sees the very same Lake Michigan and its waters as did so many from years past.  The sailing travelers of the past and the visitors of today, are captured together in a moment of time separated by years.

Straits of Mackinac
rusting and waiting in harbor
ready to be sunk in Lake Michigan for scuba divers and other explorers

Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design used here and throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010.

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  1. Now that is the way to link in the history.

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  3. Your sculptures are awesome!!! Yes, these are exactly what I was talking about. Love the arrangement!

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