The Long Road project began in 2012. I began to have detailed, repeated dreams about the Occupy Movement. In my dreams, buildings began to tear themselves out of the ground, and begin walking toward Wall Street, slowly and ponderously, like graceful elephants. The first work I made around these dreams is this series of drawings, which detail the journey of two particular buildings as they wake up and begin their journey. Along the way, they are guided by small, energy-filled spirits. The buildings are inhabited with small persons, and when the buildings get sick, the persons escape as spirits from the top of the buildings. We also meet the Banq of Ameriqa for the first time in these drawings, an insatiable and predatory character.
What is the Long Road and why are we on it?
If corporations really are people, what do they look like?
Who are the sentinels and the waystations, and will they be able to save us?
Slowly the Long Road installation began to take shape, continuing throughout 2013-14. I started with the citizens, small buildings made of clay, some inhabited, some empty, some full of spirits. As their numbers grew, other characters came to life, the sentinels and waystations. The sentinels have keen eyes to watch out for enemies and give warning, while the waystations give solace to exhausted spirits, torn from the citizens, forced to flee as the buildings succumb to the banqs of ameriqa, insatiable and ever more powerful.
Watch the citizens come face-to-face with the BANQS-of-AMERIQA in this unique installation. Get to know the citizens through close personal observation…Charlie Evergreen undertook a series of unique portraits, shown below, of selected citizens, to showcase their tiny yet powerful presence.