Blog / Canoe takes shape near Durham Farmers Market


By Wendy

Artist Satch Hoyt and many of his contemporaries have long been fascinated with the vinyl record.
Vinyl seems most inspiring to him
off the turntable.


Satch has arrived in Durham from Berlin to create an 18-foot canoe out of translucent red 45-rpm records from the 1950s that he’s been collecting for years.  The work, called Celestial Vessel, will be commissioned as part of the Nasher Museum’s upcoming exhibition, The Record.

Local artist Alvin Frega is leading a team to help Satch to construct the steel frame.
Watch their progress here.

We all have two free opportunities to meet Hoyt in person. On Thursday, Sept. 17, at 12:30 p.m., he’ll give a talk and slide presentation, “Hybrid Navigations in a Galaxy of Souls,” at Duke’s Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road, Room 240. Parking for this event is available for $2 per hour at the Duke Medical Center parking garages on Erwin Road and Trent Drive. (#2 and #3 on this map). On Friday, September 18, meet the artist and see his monumental new sculpture (during downtown Durham’s Third Friday activities) from 7-9 p.m. at Liberty Arts, 401-B Foster St., in Durham’s Central Park. (Museum members and members of the Duke Community are invited to meet the artist at 6 p.m.) Find both events on Facebook.

Read about it in David Menconi’s On the Beat blog.

IMAGE: Photo by Dr. J Caldwell

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