A Living Topography: Stories from Lake Superior is a steel, ceramic, and mixed media piece that represents Lake Superior – physically and through the stories of people living, both past and present, around the lake. The porcelain boat hulls that hang down from the steel frame carry aspects of life of the lake on their surfaces: letters written by a young woman from Ashland, WI in 1863, pages from a diary written by a young Wisconsin teenager, and navigational charts of the Lake itself. Additionally, there are a series of boats imbedded in the piece that carry QR codes on their surfaces. Each of these codes lead viewers with smart phones to Geo Locations around the lake on Google Earth.
These audio clips are interviews conducted while circumnavigating Lake Superior. Each vignette is a small splice of life found around the waters of the great lake.