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untitled (From a distance it looked like a man)
  • Stephen G. Williams
    born 1942
    born: New York, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • untitled (From a distance it looked like a man), 1978
  • In the Middle: The Eskimo Today
  • gelatin silver print
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 40.64 x 50.8 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 16 x 20 in
  • Not on display
  • EL2008.014
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
“Climate Change at the Poles,” Jan-2009, Kate Meyer, Jennifer Talbott, and Angela Watts
From a distance it looked like a man. As we came closer on the Ski-doo I saw that it was in fact what the Inuit call an Inukshuk. It stood there like a sentinel. The “people rock” or “spirit rock,” a symbol of the past, is now only a directional marker