Growing up in Ireland, I was always intrigued by the Fastnet Lighthouse. From its first iteration in 1854, to its current structure completed in 1904, Fastnet has witnessed a significant part of modern history – two world wars and the Irish Civil War. Satellite feeds and meteorology have reaffirmed the Fastnet as an essential beacon and eye upon the fierce North Atlantic Ocean. In 1979, 18 people died in the the Fastnet Race from Plymouth, England. In 1985, the lighthouse was struck by a rogue wave measuring 157ft (48m) in height.
In 2015 I purchased a from the Port of Elizabeth in NJ. I installed a skylight unit, a wood stove (later replaced by a pellet stove) and a solar electric system.
The project straddles environmental and capitalist dilemmas. The container has become a symbol of streamlined economic globalization – benign and ascendant. In abstraction, stacked high on a ship, containers look and function like a spreadsheet. The realities of trade are more more murky. The container bridges the new and the old epochs. The old – hidden in the contents, the labor and the price of oil – is a delicate balance.
Initial Project Idea
Logistics of Project to Date: Oct 2016
Ali Pechman, Here Magazine [January 2018]