William Van Beckum

The 215 mile New England Scenic Trail runs through Connecticut and Massachusetts and provides valuable access to nature for densely populated New England communities. These kiosks have been positioned at NET trailheads for the summer and fall of 2017.


Drawing on the tradition of scenic imagery in the American conservation movement, these installations follow the example set by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston to encourage tourism, recreation, and conservation efforts.


The images on these kiosks are created by appropriating photographs posted to Instagram by hikers. Each image is made up of 20-50 images from each trail section, creating a visualized record of the communities involvement with the trail.


The value of the New England Scenic Trail is monumental. These kiosks are meant to harness the power of scenic imagery in celebration of the NET and encourage community members to share their landscape experience through social media.


Visitors are invited to join the conversation by using the Instagram hashtag #myNEtrail to share their images with other hikers.


The kiosks can be found at the following locations until October 31, 2017.

Chittenden Park (Guilford, CT)

Connecticut Forest & Park Association (Rockfall, CT)

Giuffrida Park (Meriden, CT)

Talcott Mountain State Park (Simsbury, CT) -To be installed August 5th-

Mount Tom State Reservation (Holyoke, MA)

Skinner State Park (Amherst, MA)

Mount Holyoke Range State Park (Amherst, MA)

Wendell State Forest (Wendell, MA)


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©William Van Beckum 2017 all rights reserved. Images may not be used without written permission.