Schoharie Creek Field Station is a permanent art installation located west of the Lexington House and overlooking the Schoharie Creek, built around 1995 by the artists themselves. Field Station invites exploration of local watershed plant and animal life. It reverentially references American naturalists, environmental conservation and early transcendentalist literature. It is a tiny refuge offering basic scientific equipment, a library of field guides, research resources and catalogues of local specimens. Field Station marks the beginning of artist Mark Dion’s exploration of folly architecture and their imaginary inhabitants including a recent show at Storm King Art Center described in Financial Times retrospective. We plan to undergo rehabilitation of Field Station under the guidance of the artist J. Morgan Puett who continues exploration of these and other themes at Mildred’s Lane, “a contemporary arts complex(ity)” in the woods at Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.
Currently, the exterior of Field Station is open for public viewing, provided visitors do not approach any nearby buildings. We plan to make the interior generally available to the public in keeping with the artists’ original vision.