Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wes on Wednesday -- "Of All the People in All the World"

There is a performance art/exhibit opening this week at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT that uses piles of rice to depict human climate statistics.

As part of its Feet to the Fire program (which explores Global Climate Change from Science to Art) Wesleyan commissioned the Stan's Cafe team (UK) to produce a version of the work which will help humanize the issues of climate change. At the conclusion of the installation, the rice will be donated to local food banks. The photo above shows the number of people who purchased the Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" on April 4, 1964 (its release date in the USA). The photos below are the amount of people who heard JFK (on the left) and Barack Obama (right) speak in Berlin. The The exhibit opens Friday, February 20 and only runs to Tuesday, March 3 at the Zilkha Gallery and Olin Library Lobby. The photos are from flickr. Confused? It's Wesleyan, don't fret.

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