Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Library's Values

I have had a long look around Flickr and found loads of pretty images. Some especially beautiful shots of chiyogami papers (decorative Japanese screenprinted papers). As for finding something that illustrated one of our values, that proved more difficult. I was hoping to illustrate integrity and honour, but gave up when all that turned up were images depicting American flags etc. Also struck trouble when looking up teamwork - lots of cutesy images - not really my style.

About to give up, I recalled an exhibit at a Biennale a few years ago in one of the Sydney wharf buildings. The artist had organised the construction of thousands of small sculptures by the people of a Chinese town. This to me was successful teamwork. Each sculpture was hand-crafted with a simple face and body. No two sculptures were alike. When amassed together the effect was breathtaking - thousands of small faces silently staring up at you. 

You'll need to see a few photos to take in the true impact...  All rights have been reserved on these images, so I will just provide links - to a close up and to an overall shot.

Not knowing the name of the artist, the year of the exhibit, a quick Flickr search came up with answers first time around - very impressive! A work by Antony Gormley, "Asian Field 2003" comprised of 180,000 statues, made by only 350 people. 

It goes to show, if we each do our bit - no matter how small, together we can achieve amazing things.

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