Church Hill Tunnel Box - 2014

A shrine box, inspired by the tradition of Orthodox Christian roadside icon boxes, built as a memorial for the railroad workers who died in the Church Hill tunnel disaster of 1925.

The tunnel's eastern portal was maintained until the 1980's as a part of Norfolk Southern's route connecting Richmond to West Point, Va, but has since been entirely abandoned. Today visitors maintain narrow trails to the site through property owned by CSX.

The tunnel's manicured western portal is only accessible to residents of the Atrium Lofts

You can read more about the Church Hill tunnel disaster, and the ongoing debate about how to remember it, here.

Hand carved wood, silkscreen, hardware.

24" x 15" x 4"

"Brothers, keep shovelin'    

Pickin' in the ground.  

Brothers, keep listening    

For the train that's never been found."

 

Excerpt from The Train that Will Never Be Found, a folk song about the Church Hill tunnel disaster by Llewellyn Lewis and Billy Pierce.