The View from Bicentennial Hall

Jake Faber ‘16.5
Fall 2016

As students, faculty, staff, visitors, and other members of the Middlebury College community enter McCardell Bicentennial Hall, one of the most striking features of the building is the panoramic view of the Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains that lie to the west of campus. Many people appreciate the beautiful view every day as daily and seasonal changes transform the view—as foggy mornings clear to gradually reveal the mountains, summer haze blurs the contours of the peaks, or a setting sun casts the whole valley in startling warm hues, the view captures the attention of everyone who passes by it.

This interactive digital exhibit accompanies the interpretive installation located in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, created by Jake Faber ‘16.5 and Jacob Dixon ‘16.5. This installation provides a space to appreciate and reflect on the landscape beyond the building that so many people on campus appreciate every day. The Champlain Valley and Adirondack Mountains as we see them today are the product of many intersecting histories of transformation from natural and cultural processes. Many people have inhabited and passed through this place before, and their sometimes conflicting stories are inscribed on this landscape. Every time someone looks at this beautiful view, they continue to see it in new ways and re-imagine its meanings.

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