Thaddeus Holownia

Rockland Bridge 1981-2000

1981-2000
The Rockland Bridge was more than 200 years old when it was destroyed by strong winds and an exceptionally high tide on 10 January 1978. Holownia had always admired the sturdy support structure - the four stone-filled timber cribs and abutments - of this once-important link between two villages in the Bay of Fundy area. He has equal respect for the forces of nature that toppled it and continue to wear at its remains. The photographs, taken at different points in the year, capture the gradual disintegration of the cribs into the land. As it emphasizes the underlying themes of change, decay and dissolution, the series also highlights the artist's preoccupation with the ongoing struggles between the human-made and natural worlds. For Holownia, the photographs illustrate continuous human interaction with nature, and depict the land as neither exclusively natural nor human but a mixture of both.
Title
Rockland Bridge 1981-2000
Date
1981-2000
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
20.2 x 46.9 cm; image: 16 x 41.4 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2003
Accession number
2003.2.1