cotton twill tape painted and printed with dyes before weaving, cotton, mylar, linen, metallic gimp; From the artist: "The Pontiac Curtain is a grand response to the Cathedral at Orvieto, Italy where two old men sat talking in the afternoon sun before the vast carved marble and mosaic facade, probably expecting that all old people everywhere had such an enjoyable place to be. Back in the studio in Pontiac, Michigan, the experience was channeled into thoughts for a vast “tapestry” in line with major figurative tapestries of the past, but now incorporating images of local people imbedded in a rich and complex composition. Patrons of a local Pontiac restaurant were invited to become part of an artwork by having themselves photographed in a back room. The photos were combined with abstracted views of the buildings along Saginaw Street, the main street of the town that played host to that year’s American Superbowl. The morning of the big game the city staged a parade along the main street. Local people huddled away from snow and cold in the windows of empty buildings where they stood waiting for the parade to begin, looking not like mannequins, but also not like humans. They embodied the spirit of facades of buildings that had optimistically anticipated lucrative business in the city, but were now empty or abandoned, simply waiting for something to happen, not unlike the founding fathers of the church, portrayed in stone relief on the cathedral facade."