Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Brass respirator

The Faculty Senate meetings have been moved to a new room, in the University Center. During one of our sometimes circular discussions, my attention drifted to the mat brass tube along the ceiling, part of what I knew was an art installation created with the building. I looked it up. It's called "Bells and Whistles" and is by Rita McBride, who worked with 530 feet of the building's "egress stair pressurization duct," stretching through six stories of the building, encased in pentagonal brass casing. Bits of it are visible lots of places once you notice it, suggesting a mysterious and fascinating inner life - a breath - for the building.

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