Height: 6 ft
Width: 48 ft
Extra tiles of differing textures and colors of clay remaining from installation of 1998.424.1.
"Formation" has multiple meanings. It is a geological term and also connotes the process of the creation of the universe and also of the mural, which was made from clay dug from the Seymour and Esther Padnos Hall of Science and the Henry Hall building sites during construction. Professor Menning's student assistants screened approximately 4 tons of site clay in its preparation. For the tiles, nearly 200 castings of objects from fetal pigs to fossils in order to produce the vast variation of images. The artist believes that everything needed to form the universe was already present at the time of the "Big Bang," but that it was "all mixed up". The mural uses the juxtaposition of images from the sciences taught at GVSU in a deliberately "mixed" way.