“Thoreau’s Threshold” was conceived as a site-responsive “outdoor painting.” It commanded the threshold of a disused footbridge over a train-track which was also the subject of my previous video “A-Bridging WALDEN.”  The painting selects and interprets expressive texts of the philosopher poet while covering over the fact that the bridge is impassable.   The site was selected due to Thoreau’s own aversion to the speeding up of industrialized life, as well as the coincidental proximity of the home of a well-known Thoreau scholar.   When exhibited in an indoor setting, the installation continues to allude to Thoreau’s romantic call by bringing indoors naturalistic tree-trunks that materially clash with the synthetic brashness of modern-day plastics.