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Scott Hocking  "Ziggurat, East" by Scott Hocking (Summer 2008), a mixed media installation and photo project, paired with Hervé Léger’s Nichola cropped jacket.

“Ziggurat, East” by Scott Hocking (Summer 2008) paired with Hervé Léger’s Nichola cropped jacket.

Abandoned sites are canvases for Detroit-based Scott Hocking. Vacant for 20 years, Fisher Body Plant 21 felt more like a cave than a former car factory with stalactites falling from the ceiling from years of leaks and neglect. Stripped clean by scrappers, the factory offered Hocking only one sculptural medium (beyond space): Millions of wooden floor blocks, rebuilt as a monument to buckled ambition.

“In Detroit, going into an abandoned auto factory is my walk in the woods,” Hocking has said. “It’s the closest I can get to the top of a mountain peak—the top of a building. This is where I get my sense of wildness—my satisfaction in nature.” Roads diverged.

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