“Abraham Lincoln boasts all the amenities found
in any American city with a comparable population.”
That’s a quote taken from the web site of the USS Abraham Lincoln, a transient town whose population is listed as 5,500.
We have the greatest respect and gratitude for the folks locked on board this ship for months at a time, and wonder about their lives. It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be living on a giant floating island of a ship for that long, ostensibly fighting (or helping to fight) a war in the deserts of Iraq. Pictures from the USSAL’s web site and online newsletter show a culture that seems proud, if slightly claustrophobic, and even have this odd picture of people playing hockey….is it possible that the ship is that big?
We decided to find out.
To the Public Affairs Officer, USS Abraham Lincoln,
We’re artists from Oakland, California, working on a project for the bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth commissioned the Rosenbach Library and Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
We’d like to correspond with one or more members of your crew in order to ask about their lives on board the USS Abraham Lincoln. We’re curious to know how serving on a ship named for President Lincoln has affected their thoughts on their mission, their work in the military, and their ideas about Abraham Lincoln himself.
Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh
One Lincoln After Another
Artists Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh work together collaboratively on historically-based multimedia work under the name Archive. Archive’s work has included performance lectures, spoken word CDs, video games, exhibitions, and works on paper.
Archive presents “One Lincoln After Another,” finding Abe through short webisodes involving spirit mediums, photographs of Lincoln documents, sculptures made from Lincoln’s death mask, a Lincoln “presenter,” and a trip to several Lincoln monuments, including one in Tijuana, Mexico.
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