The mantra for multi-media artist Doug Aitken's Station to Station project is simple: "In September 2013, a train will travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Activating the cultural landscape, Station to Station will connect artists, musicians and creative pioneers...". A moving public art, installation, gallery, and sculpture moving across the US, in other words. Okay, maybe this isn't so simple.
Organized by artist Doug Aitken, Station to Station will connect leading figures and underground creators from the worlds of art, music, food, literature, and film for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings. The train, designed as a moving, kinetic light sculpture, will broadcast unique content and experiences to a global audience. We are still wrapping our heads around how immense and oddball and interesting this whole thing is. We love the idea.
The list of cultural figures involved in the project is quite impressive, wide-ranging, and iconic: food pioneer Alice Waters, musicians such as Jackson Browne, Thurston Moore, Beck, Cat Power as well as artists like Aitken, Ed Ruscha, Urs Fischer, Olafur Eliasson, Raymond Pettibon and many others will all participate in some way with the project.