Formation

Artwork

Identifier:
1998.424.1
Artist:
Daleene Menning
Medium:
Ceramic
Date:
1996
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 6.0 ft Width: 48.0 ft
Note: (approx)
Description:
880 - 5" x 5" ceramic squares each has cast in objects such as keyboards, hammers, gloves, dead lizards, shells, etc. all in various colors of clay.
Historical Context:
"'Formation' was made from clay dug from the Seymour and Esther Padnos Hall of Science and the Henry Hall building sites during construction. Site clay is typically glacier clay formed during the millenia when glaciers were raking the area in the process of making the Great Lakes... [My] student assistants screened approximately 4 tons of site clay [that] was brought to the Ceramic Studio in dump trucks... The different colors in the clay result from tiny veins of ore, red and black iron, and copper... The mural began with the concept of the 'Big Bang'. [I] believe that everything needed to form the universe was there during the 'Big Bang', but that it was all mixed up. The mural uses the juxtaposition of images form the sciences taught at GVSU in a deliberately 'mixed' way... The title, 'Formation', has multiple meanings. A geological term, it also connotes the process of the making of the universe and the process of the making of this mural." -Daleene Menning
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Terms
castings
ceramic
ceramic tile
public art
texture
Library of Congress Subjects
Geology
Big bang theory
Ceramics
Art, American
Current Location:
Allendale Campus -> Loutit Lecture Halls
Location Notes:
LTT, along curved wall