Sleeping Under Stars, Living Under Satellites was commissioned by the Adrich Museum as a site-specific work.
A small cave just beyond the Museum’s town of Ridgefield, was home to the historical figures, Sarah Bishop and The Old Leatherman. Sarah Bishop lived in the cave for over 30 years after the Revolutionary War. The Old Leatherman, so named because of his 60-pound leather suit, completed a 365-mile circuit every 34 days between the years of 1856 and 1889.
Finley + Muse traced the paths of these figures as well as the path of contemporary residents marching in Ridgefield’s 300th Anniversary parade, by creating a series of geocaches (an online, GPS-driven treasure). The geocashes led to the museum’s gallery where video projection, audio narration, and sculptural elements evoked a proxy cave.
Within the gallery, a scale model of the actual cave rotated, casting immense shadows on the wall. Video projection circled the room, and the 24 hours of the anniversary parade was condensed to 5 minutes. Audio narration detailed stories of the wanderers. The viewer, guided by the geocashes from the paths of these wanderers, into the gallery, experienced the differing ways of keeping time and moving through space lived by 300 years of Ridgefield residents.