The wall behind the librarian’s desk is almost done. Befittingly, there will be a 42″ television installed in the middle of this artwork. The project exemplifies many aspects of ‘communication’, but I think the most important aspect is direct, human, one-to-one personal communication. The silhouettes, with the addition of conversation and thought bubbles, symbolize this.
Early civilizations are represented when you first enter the library. Native American petroglyphs are amazing and so strange. It makes you wonder if our ancestors really were from outer space or some mystical inner space world.Of course the cave paintings from Lascaux France and a simple stick figure pictograph are included as early forms of communication. Following along the ceiling in frieze format is a Sumerian stone carving. The Sumerians are included for contributing the first written language some 3000 bc,the Greeks for being one of the first civilizations to form libraries,and the Chinese for developing a method of paper making.What’s really cool, is that art from all societies is the most pervasive form of communication and has represented humanity’s history, worth at least 1000 words. This next image is of students working on the frieze. I’ll add more of the frieze paintings as they are completed during the next few weeks.
Attempting to add some humor, we pounced up the two people using the non-reliable string and can method of communication to introduce the many methods and tools used for communication. I’m thinking we should keep the string cut just to represent all the “missed communication” or should I say miscommunication.
See you next week.