Join us for the official unveiling of Chophouse Row's newest art installation, Ghost Cabin.
n 2013, when contractors were digging below the basement of the Chophouse building, they discovered a crude concrete foundation outlining a small house. It was part of an original layer of pioneer settlement that had existed on this block, at least 20 feet below today’s grade, before the streets were raised and leveled in the early 1900s. The “Ghost Cabin” installation gives form to this frontier homestead, projecting the silhouette of a gable cabin onto the various surfaces of a courtyard corner and then applying cedar wood planks within the artwork boundary. Moving about the courtyard space, the angled outline of the installation becomes increasingly distorted, the original projected cabin unrecognizable. Yet, from a precise vantage point, the cedar planks come into alignment to reveal the gabled cabin, allowing the pioneer story to become visible to us through the palimpsest of time represented by this block.