Scott Hocking – The Strange Allure of His Emergency Ark In The Middle Of A Cornfield


You may not even notice it at first. You’re driving along a country road enjoying the sites of grazing animals, crops emerging and fields broken by windbreaks provided by trees planted long ago. Then you spot it. The Ark of Scott Hocking’s larger-than-life creation.

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 notes on his work

The Celestial Ship of the North (Emergency Ark), Also known as the Barnboat is a site-specific installation and permanent sculpture in the farmlands of Michigan’s Thumb. 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.

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 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.

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Port Austin Farm Market Saturday Mornings

Cities in the Thumb Of Michigan

Each Saturday morning during the summer, the Port Austin farm market offers local locally grown produce, crafts and flea market items from all over the thumb. The weekly event is not hard to miss as it’s only a block away from the harbor.  You can park just about anywhere in town and figure out where to go.  So bring a bag or wagon and stock up for your weekend or for your week on the beach.

Find Treasure at the Farm Market

As one of the largest outdoor farm markets outside of the Detroit metro area, Port Austin’s Farmer’s market offers a wide variety of items.

  • Fresh Produce
  • Nursery, Potted and Bedding Annuals and Perennials
  • Fish, Meat, Cheese, Eggs, Fresh Herbs
  • Baked Goods, Maple Syrup, Honey, Jam, Seasonings
  • Sauces, Dips, Salsa, Oils, Fudge
  • Art and Handcrafted items
  • Antiques & Collectibles

The market also includes live musical entertainment from the local area and throughout the Great Lakes region at the outdoor stage located at the north end of the farmers market. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, relax and enjoy the music while you take a break from shopping.

  • Great Summer Burgers Start at Walt’s Meats – Summer residents of the greater Thumb Key North area already know where to pick up high-quality choice meat for your grill and deli items to round off your BBQ. We have seen this couple take a former sleepy butcher shop and create a gourmet grocery.
  • History of the Cartwheel Inn – The Fireside Inn near Port Austin, Mi is our go-to place for large groups of people. With its fantastic pizza and large open space, it’s perfect for a family party. A couple of years ago I came across these two black and white shots for the Cartwheel Inn outside of Port Austin
  • Fall Colors in Caseville Harbor – The Fall in Michigan seems incredibly short in recent years. Boats are still in the water as November rolls in. Will we the last one out of the water? It kind of sad an a bit lonely to be one of the last ones out of your slip in the Fall in Caseville harbor.
  • Find Treasure at Port Austin’s Farmers Market – A beautiful Saturday morning at the Port Austin Farmers Market. One of the largest farmers markets outside of Detroit. It’s pure fun. Great produce, unique crafts and artisans, and fun shopping among many vendors. The local music is top notch.
  • Steamy Coffee Spoof Video – Who knew drinking coffee could be so much fun. Found this video stacked up in our YouTube account collecting time alone and no hits. I thought it worthy of a dust-off. This is one college student’s method of making a Michigan coffee.

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