The PoetryandScience.com editor received a greeting card from Mariko Silver, President of Bennington College. In addition to quoting a letter from e.e. cummings following his first public reading delivered at the College in 1932 (“. . . of all costumes and dimensions . . . “), the card includes visual art from a collaboration by two Bennington graduates.
The fine print on this communique is reproduced here.
ON THE COVER: Suburban Octane is a series by artist. technologist, and conceptual biologist Max Nanis ’12-in collaboration with Andrew Dubow ’12 for the San Diego Airport Converg(Ing)enuities exhibition. The collection is inspired by the creative intersection of art, science, and technology. These colorful resin works illustrate the growth patterns of Pseudomonos aerugrnoso, a bacterium that thrives when deprived of oxygen and digests jet fuel.
From the official airport web site:
“While visiting the San Diego International Airport, please enjoy the many different art installations displayed around the campus. Currently exhibited throughout the terminals is Converging Ingenuities, the Art Program’s thematic, temporary exhibition for 2014. The exhibition includes twelve different installations, each by a different artist or organization. Each artwork or collection on display explores the intersection of visual art with science and technology. The 12 installations range in subject from phenotypic plasticity (or the ability of an organism to change its traits in response to environmental change) to ocean acidification, and they seek to educate while also creating a visually stunning experience for airport customers. Lauren Lockhart, Airport Art Coordinator II at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, had this to say: “The diverse group of artists and organizations featured in Converging Ingenuities reflects the innovative work being done at the intersection of art, science and technology here in San Diego.”
One of the 12 installations is Recycled Planet, a piece designed by University of California – San Diego Professor, Oscar Romo. The project depicts a world map constructed solely from plastic water bottles. Beautiful to look at, the project is also a reminder of the importance of recycling. The artist, Mr. Romo, is passionate about designing systems made from upcycling solid waste to deal with stormwater pollution and hillside erosion. Please enjoy his trash revalorization project in Terminal 2 at Gate 24. Converging Ingenuities will be on display through the remainder of 2014.