Portage, 1990, Installation at Artpark, in Lewiston, New York.

The work is constructed from 72 slabs of rough quarried red slate, each resting upon a hewn tripod, or "travois". The stones measure 6 to 9 feet across while the tripod is 4 feet high by 8 feet deep. The sculpture occupies an area 450 ft by 90 ft and is situated on a land trail which was used by Niagara River travelers to circumnavigate Niagara Falls. The red Silurian slate marks the area of this activity or 'passage'. The stone dates from the same geological time period as much of the stone underlying the Niagara region. The work intends to allow the viewer to explore a connection to the earth and to history.

Stone courtesy of Ritchie Bros Slate Co