SCOTT HOCKING

  Coronal Mass Ejection 2013
  The Egg and Michigan Central Train Station 2007-2013
  Mercury Retrograde 2012
  The End of the World 2012
  The Quarry / Steinbruch 2013
  The Secrets of Nature 2012-2013
  Cast Concrete in the Auto Age 2008-present
  Bad Graffiti 2007-present
  Detroit Nights 2007-present
  Signs Symbols and Ciphers 2007-present
  Garden of the Gods 2009-2011
  Tartarus 2011
  Triumph of Death 2010
  Sisyphus and the Voice of Space 2010
  New Mound City 2010
  Ziggurat and Fisher Body 21 2007-2009
  The Mound Project - Detroit Love 2007-present
  Shipwrecks 1999-present
  Roosevelt Warehouse and the Cauldron 2007-2010
  The Cauldron and Roosevelt Warehouse 2010
  Fountain of Youth Vending Machine 2008-2010
  The Zone 1999-2010
  Lao Zhu and the Flour Factory 2009
  Detroit Midden Mound 2008
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  Animals 2006
  Icelandic Saga 2006
  Exploring North America 2006-present
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  The Salon 2004-2006
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  Pictures of a City - Detroit 1997-2006
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  THE ZONE
“The I-94 Industrial Park Renaissance Zone is 289.6 acres. The Industrial Park, Phase 1, located inside the Renaissance Zone, is comprised of 189 acres. Up to 153 acres of Phase 1 are buildable. The property is approximately 2,500 feet by 2,500 feet. The property is an irregular square shape. The land is flat. There are no wetlands on the site. The site is not within a flood hazard.”
- Excerpt from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's online I-94 Industrial Park Detail PDF

Since the late 1990s, I've watched this neighborhood become abandoned, torn down, and blocked off by concrete barricades. The last residents moved out, their houses and the burnt ones surrounding them were demolished; the haunted church of St. Cyril's village was scrapped to the point of collapse; the vacant streets became dumping grounds, which brought on the concrete roadblocks; the trees were torn out, to appease potential builders; finally Cooper school on Georgia was closed and scrapped clean. But the sale of the land never happened. Aside from the massive complexes along Huber, The Zone still sits vacant. Large uprooted trees lay in piles. Random mounds of earth and demolished debris have overgrown with grasses and wildflowers. Flooded streets have become marshlands and swamps. Wildlife abounds: pheasants, rabbits, snakes, frogs, hawks, numerous birds, along with stray cats or dogs, can all be found here. The I-94 Industrial Park Renaissance Zone has inadvertently become one of the most natural topographies of Detroit.