14th Street Flaneuse
Excerpt from 14th Street Flaneuse
Art by Mary Jones
Animation by Cyndi Wiley
Sound by Jude Mathews

14th Street Flaneuse is a hand-drawn, collaged, and animated loop with sound exploring the visual rhetoric of East Fourteenth Street in Des Moines, Iowa. I walked and documented, with photos, drawings, and writings, an eight-mile stretch of the city's major eastside corridor.

The street itself, zoned primarily C2 (general retail and highway-oriented commercial) is a former bustling commercial strip that has been displaced by the more recent "edge cities" surrounding Des Moines. It presents a complex message with its spectacular views of the state capital as well as trailer parks and businesses surrounded by barbed wire fencing. A residential strip at the north end of the street is home to many of Des Moines' working poor as well as the small liberal arts university where I taught for 17 years. It is a route meant to be driven, not walked. In essence, I walked my commute to work.

This walking project is ongoing, with solitary walks and drive-like diversions. It is documented in a series of mixed media paintings. My 2015 presentation on the project can be found under the "Bibliography" section of this website:
click here for link to bibliography

This project was made possible in part by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts