Walls

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Vertical storage space. Vertical storage space.

These are my office walls. Notes and reminders, some sketches looking for a style, pieces from friends, paper storage, an art festival button. My home walls are the same, pretty much. Remembrances are all works of my daughter's, my own pastels stand, taped to foamcore and cardboard, along the baseboard out of the way. My real preference is for clean, empty, non-intrussive walls, but I hate maintaining that.

What I picture my self putting on my one plaster wall is a sculptural installation. Fun. Eyecatching. Temporary. Some of the folks who've worked in ETS for a while may remember the piece I added surreptitiously over a weekend to the old staff show that was hanging in Computer Building: a clay sculpture appearing to emerge from the plasterboard. I'd describe it as guerrilla art, and I see a lot of potential in it. The Wright Brothers 100th Anniversary images that I grabbed from the Library of Congress, printed large, and flew like paper kites on wires in 212 air space was guerrilla art. The wires that were squashed behind the pristine "engage" sign were guerrilla art and as hated by some as much as others hate the large Rasterator print out in 202. They would be my preference for the walls. Unique things. Creative things. Put up in a fit of inspiration to achieve a creative purpose. Otherwise, walls are just vertical storage space and it doesn't matter whether they say "engage" or "Exit".

If you want to discuss whether the daffodils look better in the hall or the foyer, or whether the mattes should complement the rugs or the images, please go for it. I'm always happy to contribute something to one of your rectangles if you have something that needs to be said. Otherwise, I'd rather come in late on a Friday night, put up something that I think is really cool where I think it would be really coolest then take it down when it seems right. Everybody does rectangles.

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Cole said:

I thought your idea to ask the group via the Intranet what to do with our public spaces was smart ... lots of good feedback. Thanks for the inspiration! I'm sure there will be lots of other interesting things creeping into the environment.

Jen said:

The first time I saw the rasterbator image, I caught it from an angle where it looked like a close-up of someone's nostrils. I now can't un-see it, even though I know what it is.

(That's not criticism, BTW). I'm a fan of art in public. The walls up here in computer building are very bare.

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