Panalateral View of the Charles River
Richard Hackel (BFA 1977)
This 500-foot long public art mural was commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council to improve the appearance at an elementary school construction site. I chose the 5-mile length of the Charles River as it winds along the southern edge of Cambridge, and by photographing along the length I created what I call a "panalateral" of the riverfront. Unlike a panorama that looks at the view around a single point, the panalateral looks at the length along an elevation. I mounted a camera to a kayak and with the camera set to make an exposure every 20 seconds, I paddled down the Charles. The piece was installed in June 2017, and will be up for the 2-year duration of the construction project. It is located along the entire length of fence on the block of Cambridge Street, between Willow and Berkshire Streets, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.