Paul Elliman — “Detroit as Refrain”


“The line of text is by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (an old friend of mine!), and the images are a sequence from a film (commissioned and subsequently suppressed by Chrysler Corp. in 1957) by the great Len Lye. For the anticapitalists among us, Detroit represents much more than just the beginning of the end for a sinister form of economic production; it represents the start of a new age in which the Detroit National Park becomes the first city under the aegis of the National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior), circa 2025.” –P.E.