April 30th, 2012 by Sarah Laleman Ward
If you happened to be in the Wexler Library on Tuesday, April 3 in the early evening, you may have witnessed a surprising event. A group of students from an “Introduction to the Visual Experience” class installed a work of art in our unique, triangular stairwell.
The students, Olivia Gauthier, Andrew Gayle, Mason Newton, and Mary Patton Dickson, installed the piece in the library shortly before their classmates and Professor Nicole Tschampel came over to have a look and discuss it.
The class assignment was to work collaboratively to create a piece of art “that deals with some element of the Hunter experience that is significant to [the] group.” Professor Tschampel told me that her class was being “introduced to working three-dimensionally while dealing with the theme of ‘Identity.’”
The work consisted of pages of discarded books strung together and tied to the railings of the triangular staircase within the Wexler Library, spiraling upward from floor B2 to floor 7.
One of the evening librarians remarked that it reminded her of old photographs she had seen of tenement buildings with laundry strung up between fire escapes. Professor Tschampel, commenting in an email, said “I was very proud of the work they created– I thought that it was both aesthetically lovely and thoughtful. I particularly liked the way the piece worked with the architecture of that difficult space.”
The group is being invited to re-install the work in the Wexler Library stairwell towards the end of the semester. So as you are studying for finals, be sure to take a break and look at something beautiful created by your fellow students.