Part oral history project / part art installation

We’ve launched “Spanning the Gap” to explore the 15-mile gap in the Erie Canal corridor from Camillus, through the City of Syracuse, into DeWitt.

Completed in 1820, the Erie Canal was responsible for the significant growth of Syracuse – but 200 years later, most traces of the Canal through Syracuse have been erased. 

“Spanning the Gap” aspires to memorialize this interruption of the Canal infrastructure by erecting two sculptural markers at the present-day terminus points in Camillus and DeWitt.

 

Stories

In collaboration with City Lore's Molly Garfinkel and the Urban Folklife Center, we’ve collected stories from our neighbors, local historians, planners, and Erie Canal Trail users. These stories illuminate how the gap came to be, and gather our future aspirations for the community in light of New York State’s planned investment in the Empire State Trail, which proposes to close the gap in the trail network. 

sculpture 

This exciting new project will breathe new life and purpose into the corridor across the State, but our local segment of the original Canal will forever remain buried beneath asphalt and concrete.

The stories that have been shared with us are meant to inspire and inform the basis of the new monuments in recognition of this pivotal point in time where we pause to reflect on our past and celebrate what is to come.