The summer exited seamlessly into the fall and it’s been a busy few months collaborating, exploring and figuring else what else the breaker will tell us and guessing where this story will end. That process will be unfolding and a lot more information will follow, some on this site and the rest on film’s site – which now has a name! Until then, here are two takes on experiences while visiting the breaker.
From Erica’s piece:
“At the end of our exploration of the crumbling Huber Breaker, the filmmakers asked me to reflect on its future. I found myself saying that while I’m generally sentimental, my thinking about the preservation of these spaces is more pragmatic. I said something about how I feel they are best preserved in art and historiography, rather than in actuality…that it would be too costly to restore…they are public safety hazards…yadda yadda yadda.”
“The work people did in the Breaker could be dangerous; it could be soul-crushing, but it was also a source of pride, for families, for the community and for a culture. That one suffers while toiling in thankless labor that most people will ultimately never know about is, in itself, a kind of noble sacrifice. That it takes one’s life, or many years that could have been, or so much that could have been otherwise, only makes the giving more grave and worthy.”
Read the full posts below:
The Haunting, Illuminating Huber Breaker, by Joseph Robertson.