Scott Hocking – The Emergency Ark


You may not even notice it at first. Your driving along a country road enjoying the sites of grazing animals, crops emerging and fields broken by wind breaks provided by trees planted long ago. Then you spot it. The Ark of of Scott Hockings larger than life creations.

Barn Art in the Fields of Michigan’s Upper Thumb

The grey timber looks warped and wrapped. The old planks, taken from the virgin forests that once dominated the thumb have been intertwined. What was once a working farm building is now an art form. It sits among debris from decades of agriculture work. A rope is draped along a fieldstone wall.

The artist noted that the work was

“Based on ideas of ancient vessels, duality, alchemical symbolism, destruction myths, and deluge stories, and shaped by the site’s history and incredibly consistent winds, the Barnboat was built over the course of 3 months, and made entirely from the beams and boards of a collapsing 1890s barn that stood in its place. Built on the Goretzki farmland, the Ship will continue to decay, just as the barn it was made from did.” 

Scott Hocking

The work has several titles The Barnboat, The Celestial Ship of the North, and the Emergency Ark. The Emergency Ark was completed by sculpturing artist Scott Hocking in 2015. He has transformed an 1800s barn into a large object denoting sanctuary and safety. The Ark can be found about a mile south of Oak Beach on Oak Beach road and Fehner.

Dunes Review of Scott Hocking

Dunes Review 20.1: Winter/Spring 2016
by J Yeatts (Author), Patricia Clark (Contributor), Rob Cook (Contributor), Fred Dale (Contributor), Christopher Crew (Contributor), Brian Czyzyk (Contributor), Lenny DellaRocca (Contributor), Randy Evans (Contributor), Cal Freeman (Contributor), Scott Hocking (Contributor)

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