Marianne Vitale: Train Wreck

Train Wreck is Marianne Vitale's wry look at the infancy of the American railroad. Vitale reproduces black-and-white archival photographs of train wreckage in an incongruous merger of content and container. Each of the waterproof, pliable plastic pages of this book-object features a different locomotive carcass or caboose skeleton for the reader to re-contort at their leisure. The contrast between the soft indestructibility of this playtime "bath" book and its imagery depicting the tragic frailty of industrial-America's iron workhorses is at once striking and amusing.

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