Signs of Life, Inwood Park Walk
The intent of these walks was to bring the landscape’s obscured layers of history to the surface. Combining my personal experiences in the park with historical research I helped walkers search for visible clues of the park’s past and present human inhabitants. Together we examined signs of the landscape’s earliest use as a Native American village, its later existence as a conglomeration of Victorian age estates, and its eventual transformation into a public park. Today Inwood Hill Park has no official residents but it does serves as a sanctuary for homeless and individuals seeking isolation. A “guide book” was created for participating walkers and the featured objects were all found in plain sight during the walks.