The concept that gives life to this wooden Dodecahedron sculpture and three glass mosaic murals is the idea that knowledge is abstract. It is my commitment as an artist to offer the students of PSIS177 the chance to stimulate their imagination and creativity with these images.
The images and symbols that I chose for the project starts with the dodecahedron, one of the five basic solids. Standing 8 feet tall by 8 feet wide and sitting on top of the entrance doors, this hollow geometric figure is composed of twelve faces and is made of cherry wood. In this piece I invite children to reflect upon the fact that every person has a crucial place and a role in their family, their community and the world as a whole.
On the west wall of the lobby space there is an image of a seven-circuit Cretan type labyrinth. The image of a maze reminds us of the processes that happen in a school; we enter in the search for knowledge and perhaps even in search for ourselves.
On the east wall there is a drawing of the construction of cultures; a series of dots connected by lines forming geometric patterns. New York City is a vibrant city formed by cultures from all over the world. The students at PSIS177 are active participants in this constant construction where we all cultivate our own cultural roots and share them with the greater New York community.
Finally, on the balcony wall, we have an image of the atom. The whole universe and all the matter in it is formed by the simple unit of the atom: protons, neutrons and electrons orbit in it and form it. This simple image and fact is to remind us that we are all formed by atoms and, therefore, we are all equal.