The rucksack is synonymous with serving in the military. From the beginning of deployment it contains your belongings. The rucksack contains clothing, tools, food and through time … memories Your life literally contained in something that is attached to your body for transport.
Fargo, ND artist Josh Zeis is celebrating this concept of the Rucksack in a unique way on June 9, 2016. He is casting a rucksack in ice, and then taking a journey that mirrors the day that he found out he would be deployed to serve in Iraq combat operations. He will walk from his apartment in Fargo to the National Guard Armory, then to his sister’s residence, all locations that were part of a life-changing day for him. As the pack slowly melts Josh will reflect on his deployment and return home. The journey will conclude at Renaissance Hall at North Dakota State University, a place that Josh called home for four years after his deployment. There he will share his journey with the public.
This is not about protest or nationalism, rather it is about deep consideration of what it means to sacrifice through combat service in the military. In the end, Josh hopes the project will serve as a catalyst for other veterans and their families to reflect on their fateful day, and if willing share this story with the public.