Henry spliethoff, Art in Public Places

Saratoga Springs Train Station

26 Station Ln, Saratoga Springs, NY

December 31st, 2022 - March 1st, 2023

Henry Spliethoff
Artist Statement

Backroads, distant lands, forbidden places… I love to explore. With my camera, I capture the beautiful and the strange, with the hope that others might share my wonder.

I grew up in a rural village at the intersection of two train lines. While exploring the surrounding hills, I would watch mile-long freight trains snake their way through the valleys below. The trains were an integral part of my hometown’s pastoral landscape and contributed to its beauty.

These digital photographs depict relic train locomotives and railway cars, now still and rusting, that became part of landscapes in upstate New York. Like classic Roman ruins portrayed by romantic painters of the past, these relics have their own beauty. The graceful curves of the roof lines, the parallel lines of the corrugated siding, and the punctuating taillights were designed not only for function but also for form. Like many ruins, these beautiful relics were once strong. Now, they are increasingly fragile, as they are embraced by vines and the surrounding forest, and gradually harmonize with the magnificent eternal workings of nature. These images represent moments in time that cannot be revisited and serve to remind us of ever-present change.


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