Scott Hocking creates site-specific works as well as photographs of his installations made in neighborhoods, historical sites, and factories throughout Detroit. He has witnessed the decline of the city and its infrastructure but sees its transformation as a more universal phenomenon in keeping with the cycle of time and the course of civilizations past and present. This photograph shows the abandoned and self-demolishing Packard Plant, a manufacturing site for the Packard Motor Car from 1907 to 1954. Since closing, the complex has become a mecca for graffiti artists, scrappers. and illegal dumping. During visits to the site, Hocking discovered discarded television consoles that he transported to the partially collapsed roof of the complex. Using the columns as pedestals for the consoles, he created a modern-day temple of gods. hence his title Garden of the Gods, taken from the ancient classical Greek Pantheon of the same name.

From Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 89 (2015)
Artist Scott Hocking, American, born 1975
Title
  • Garden of the Gods South, Winter
Date 2009, printed 2010
Medium pigment print
Dimensions Overall: 33 × 49 1/2 inches (83.8 × 125.7 cm)
Framed: 37 5/8 inches × 55 1/2 inches × 2 inches (95.6 × 141 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line Gift of the artist, Scott Hocking and Susanne Hilberry Gallery
Accession Number 2010.63
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed in pencil, on verso, lower right: [Artist's Signature]
(Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan, USA);
2010-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Barr, Nancy, John Gallagher, and Carlo McCormick. Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010. Exh. cat., the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 2011, p. 54.