THE GREAT EASTERN
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.
China is no longer merely near. China is everywhere, omnipresent.
And, as any traveller in China will attest, its railroads go everywhere, too, traversing the country with lines, standby-old and proliferating-new, supporting everything from the barely serviceable trains encountered by [Paul Theroux] in his 1988 book Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China to new China Railway High-speed and maglev (“magnetic levitation”) trains, capable of whispering along at 300 kilometres per hour. There are already 91,000 kilometres of railway lines in China. And back in 2008 (I’m reading this on Wikipedia), the Chinese State Council approved a $292 billion railway investment that plans to fund development until 2020."
- from Iron Rooster Redux by GM Dault (Canadian Art, 2013)
The Great Eastern looks at China against the backdrop of massive highspeed rail expansion. It received assistance from the BC Arts Council and TIME.