Skip to main content
Satch Hoyt created a 17-foot canoe entitled Celestial Vessel. The work was commissioned by the Nasher Museum to be part of The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl, an exhibition that opened in 2010. Photo by J Caldwell.
Satch Hoyt created a 17-foot canoe entitled Celestial Vessel. The work was commissioned by the Nasher Museum to be part of The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl, an exhibition that opened in 2010. Photo by J Caldwell.

Satch Hoyt, an artist and musician based in Berlin, produced a monumental new sculptural work during a weeklong residency in September 2009 with the Nasher Museum. Working in the Liberty Arts warehouse near downtown Durham, Hoyt and a team of assistants constructed a 17-foot canoe entitled Celestial Vessel. The work was commissioned by the Nasher Museum to be part of The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl. Materials for the work included a metal armature and vintage RCA Victor Red Seal 45-rpm records from the 1950s that Hoyt had collected. Local artist Alvin Frega led a team to help Satch construct the steel frame.

The work also included an original soundscape composed by the artist. This was the museum’s first Visiting Artist Grant from Duke’s Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts and Council for the Arts.

Featured Featured Video

Satch Hoyt: Celestial Vessel

by Nasher Museum Duration 04m 00s Published

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The Nasher Museum is fully open to the public with ongoing health and safety protocols and free admission for all, including Thursday nights and weekends. We strongly encourage all individuals to be fully vaccinated before visiting the Nasher.