Our Friday Field trip last week took DH and me to the Weisman Art Museum at the U of MN campus, Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, it was completed in 1993. The exterior is stainless steel and brick and is situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The art work exhibited inside is as striking as the exterior of the museum.
Much to my surprise and delight in one of the galleries I found a large installation by Richard Barlow, a former student in the school where I used to teach, a fine young man whose mother, a language teacher, was one of my colleagues.
The inspiration for the art piece is a photograph, Trees and Reflections, by Wm Henry Fox Talbot, 1842. Although he was fascinated by the photographic process, Barlow found that he was constantly referring to a JPEG image of the photograph, which led him to realise that the basic building block of photograph is now the pixel. This insight led him to "Pixelated Promide," made of thirty-six thousand plastic billboard spangles. These "pixels" respond to the moments of air currents.