The Levee Project
The Mississippi River has long been an obstacle and a supplier of life for the people who have lived alongside it. This precarious relationship informs our interpretation of the river, even while its unpredictable ebbs and flows sustain the water’s inherent mystery. The destructive power of the Mississippi is an affront to man’s industry, and an impossible riddle long tried to be overcome. The current Levee System which parallels the river’s banks is mankind’s best answer so far. The space occupied by this manmade intrusion is self-contradicting, at some points it is an otherworldly place where few people venture, while at others, it is the region where commerce brushes against the river’s edge. However, the levee is always a place where life and death converge; hope balanced by disaster in equal proportions. With this series, I have attempted to document the area in between the levee walls and the river; a process that condenses the expansive concept of these locations near the city of St. Louis, Missouri into a rambling compound sentence that hopefully expresses something of the dichotomous nature of life along the Mississippi River.
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