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Spring 2017


Aliens From Space: Sixty-Five Years of the Extraterrestrial in Print

Aliens from Space Poster

    Aliens from Space Display

Beginning with the oft-cited Kenneth Arnold sighting of nine crescent-shaped craft flying in formation near Mount Rainier in 1947, the American public has had a fascination with the concept of beings from beyond our Earth. Not surprising then that popular literature on the subject is extensive.

The period of the late sixties to the mid-eighties was the heyday of paranormal publications. Along with other fringe topics such as ESP, cryptids, and lost continents, books on unidentified flying objects (or UFOs) were brisk sellers. Most texts had a sensationalist bent, repeating and exaggerating vague sightings and stories with little or no citation. Endlessly reproduced photographs of the period were notoriously unclear, consisting of diffuse blobs of light, vague shadows, and metal objects of dubious origin firing the imagination more than bringing actual enlightenment.

Earliest reports of the modern concept of unknown/bizarre structural craft and their occupants varied wildly. During the Contactee movement of the 1950s many aliens were reported as human in appearance with light skin and blonde hair, their goal to communicate and pass on knowledge as benevolent space brothers. As the decades passed beings known as ‘Greys’ (humanoid creatures with large heads, enormous eyes, slits for mouths, and pallid skin) became the norm, their motives often sinister in nature, involving abduction, experimentation, and violation of the body. Taken at face value, the deluge of visitors seems a vast and improbable menagerie; from an anthropological perspective, these beings and their enigmatic craft a possible mirror of society’s fears and hopes.

This exhibit is but a small representation of a flood of books published concerned with the unidentified objects, their occupants, and contact with extraterrestrials through methods such as abduction or thought transference.


Fall 2016


SNOW DOMES: A VISUAL RETROSPECTIVE SECOND ANNUAL
                    NOVEMBER 29 2016 - JANUARY 17 2017

Snow Domes Second Annual

    Snow Domes Second Annual

Mainstays of gift shops worldwide, the plastic snowdome is oft the object of choice when an inexpensive totem of a trip to distant lands is desired, or a last minute gift quickly purchased on the return leg of a journey to soothe the spirits of those left at home. Or perhaps found at the grocery or drug store and purchased on impulse to grace the window and commemorate a holiday, these fragile spheres (or hemispheres, squares, or alligator-shaped) of liquid warm the heart, and remind us all that life too will evaporate… so enjoy it while it’s here.



Abhorrence: A selection of Horrific films from Bird Library’s Video Collection

Horror Film Poster

Titles were selected and arranged by Stephen Singer, who also created the accompanying and rather scary poster. These and other titles are available for loan. Search our collection via Summon on the libraries' home page.



Campaigns and Collectibles, Curated by Edward Gokey

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Includes a number of memorabilia from previous (and current!) U.S. presidential campaigns.


Summer 2016


A Whole Lotta Pez

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Starting today and for the rest of the summer, please enjoy the new LC display, A Whole Lotta Pez. Thank you to Stephen Singer for assembling this fun, colorful, and interesting arrangement from his own collection, and for providing the Pez information below.

Pez are compress-molded candies encased in unique dispense containers. The name Pez is derived for the German word for peppermint, “pfefferminz.” The candy was developed in Austria in 1927 for an adult market, as an accompaniment or alternative to smoking. The dispenser “heads” were added in 1952 when they were introduced to the US market. Over fifteen hundred designs have been released since.

Pez dispensers are highly collectable and conventions are held worldwide. Some of the more unusual Pez include a psychedelic eye embedded in a severed hand, a dispenser in the shape of a gun (releasing candy when the muzzle was placed in the mouth), and a Pez of former President Richard Nixon. One of the most expensive Pez is the political donkey priced at $13,000 USD, one of which was owned by John F Kennedy. There is a museum of Pez in Burlingame, California and a movie based on the franchise is in the works


Spring 2016


100 Years of Lacrosse at SU

100 Years of Lacrosse at SU

Six students from the MUS 500 Historic Interpretation class assembled a display of materials to illustrate the long history of lacrosse at SU. They used items lent from the personal collection of Roy Simmons, Jr., a former SU coach who led the teams to six NCAA Championships. The year 2016 marked 100 years of lacrosse at SU.



Mid-Century in Stereo: Random vinyl selections from the fifties through the seventies, Curated by Stephen Singer

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Fall 2015


Snow Domes: A Visual Retrospective, Curated by Stephen Singer

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Mainstays of gift shops worldwide, the plastic snowdome is oft the object of choice when an inexpensive totem of a trip to distant lands is desired, or a last minute gift quickly purchased on the return leg of a journey to soothe the spirits of those left at home. Or perhaps found at the grocery or drug store and purchased on impulse to grace the window and commemorate a holiday, these fragile spheres (or hemispheres, squares, or alligator-shaped) of liquid warm the heart, and remind us all that life too will evaporate… so enjoy it while it’s here.



Looking Back, Acting Forward: The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars,
Curated by Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn

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On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 passengers, along with eleven residents of Lockerbie, Scotland were killed when the plane broke apart and fell to earth. 35 of those lost were students returning home from study abroad through Syracuse University. In the 27 years since the tragedy, the University has committed itself to commemorating their lives. Established in 1989, the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars programs are central to this promise.

Each year the Syracuse University community selects 35 distinguished undergraduate students to serve as Remembrance Scholars. These students plan the year’s Remembrance Week activities, honor the legacy of our 35 victims, and bring the campus community together in the spirit of remembrance. The title of Remembrance Scholar is one of the highest honors a Syracuse student can receive.

These 35 are joined by two senior students from Lockerbie Academy, a high school in Lockerbie, Scotland. Whereas the 35 Remembrance Scholars each represent an individual victim, the Lockerbie Scholars collectively represent their town’s eleven victims. They embody the strong relationships that have formed between the Syracuse and Lockerbie communities.

“Looking Back, Acting Forward: The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars,” composed of materials from the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives, commemorates the 25th class of Scholars and highlights some of the ways in which they have fulfilled the promise to remember, commemorate, and act forward in the spirit of those we lost



Indian Artifacts, curated by Charulata Chawan

indian artifacts exhibit

The prehistoric people of India reflected their knowledge of art on rocks and caves. Steatite and limestone statuettes as well as terracotta figures resulted from a thriving civilization in the Indus Valley between 2500 and 1700 BC.

Major schools of art flourished during Mughal empires, as the Mughals brought new influences to Indian Art. These included Pahari and Rajasthani painting and Madras weavings, where cloth was printed with colored designs and scenes from Indian life.

Indian art progressed through the country’s millennia-old existence, assimilating the many influences that came from global discourse and involvement with other regions of the world.

This exhibit includes pieces in various media, crafted in the 20th century. We hope you will enjoy them.



Atari 2600: Early Gaming as Object, curated by Stephen Singer

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In the early days of home gaming with systems such as the Atari 2600, both the games and the systems that conveyed them to the public were a wide-open landscape, filled with bold experiments, gimmicks, and evolutionary dead ends. This exhibit in Bird Library’s Learning Commons, is a sampling from the collection of Libraries’ staff member Stephen Singer. It shows early home gaming as a vibrant, evolving commercial construct and the seeds of a multi-billion dollar industry.

Early games were crude, as designers struggled with the very concept of what a “video game” was. Many artists tasked with creating packaging for games never saw the game they were designing for and were only provided with vague descriptions or themes to illustrate. As the genre developed, grandiose and overblown package graphics did their best to pitch often sub-standard products.

The Atari 2600 reflects the initial burst of creativity to hit the industry. Selected objects illustrate the range of products available and include examples of the oddballs, failures, and dead ends. Atari was not the first to offer cartridge-based software, but they refined and shaped its evolution. Derivatives of the hard plastic cartridge have remained a commercially-viable solution to this day, mainly surviving in the handheld market, although the industry has all but moved on to the virtual realm. Even though most old software can be easily accessed and played via emulators, the recent retro gaming boom has brought a new relevance to antiquated physical media.


Spring 2013


Spring 2013 Environmental Textiles class (TXT 326)

Environmental Textiles

Instructor: Caitlin Foley

This year the students of the Spring 2013 Environmental Textiles class (TXT 326) are gracing our spaces with their explorations of three-dimensional form and structure. The fascinating ways that pliable fibers can be turned to applications that work with a specific site or purpose in mind are on display in locations in and around the lower level, 1st and 2nd floors of Bird Library.

Below are the works that are on display in the Learning Commons and a description of them in the artists' own words, take a moment to check them out!


World Map Suspended in Space by Kari Smiraglia artworkWorld Map Suspended in Space by Kari Smiraglia

"The space I chose immediately inspired me to create a hanging piece. Since the surrounding sections of books focus on various countries, I wanted to make a world map that would seem to float within the space. I created the continents out of wire and covered them in dyed strips of fabric, and used fishing line to hang the pieces and help them retain their shape. The hanging is reminiscent of a web, which helps convey the idea that all the countries are woven together to create the entire world."


Whimsical Orbs by Christina Rene Riggio

Whimsical Orbs by Christina Rene Riggio

"For this installation I used balloons to create the structural foundation for each piece. Each material was dipped in glue and placed on the balloon enabling them to hold a shape when dry. This gives each orb a light, airy quality that allows them to float and move freely when hung."


Whimsical Orbs by Christina Rene RiggioGet Lost in the Party Web by Mary Martimucci

"This piece is a play on an average spiderweb, which is normally related to creepy, scary, and dirty places. It is meant to be a fun eye catching piece in the basement of Bird, which is a more social and fun environment. Enjoy!"


Flowing Nature by Julianna DiMarco

Flowing Nature by Julianna DiMarco

"My vision is to create an interplay of materials between the organic elements of the banner and the metal surrounding it. The details of the flags will invite viewers to come closer in a intimate interaction."


Fall 2012


Dimensional Arts 2012

Part the first

Safe by Hadley Allen Display

This year the students of FND117, Dimensional Arts, are gracing our spaces with their explorations of form and the fascinating ways that the mind can re-envision objects when allowed to do so without constraints.

In keeping with the courses stated goal of serving as an introduction to a broad range of thought and material processes relevant to the understanding, organization, invention, and creation of three-dimensional objects and the transformation of space the first installations deal with explorations of known objects.

The melting, slumping, padlock located to the right of the Circulation Desk here on the 1st floor is perhaps the first piece that a visitor might notice. This is Hadley Allen's Safe.


Known Objects

Coffee Addiction Display

Sometimes the pieces are deliberately placed near an everyday reminder of their inspiration. Take for instance Christie O'Donnell's Coffee Addiction and its prominent placement in the Pages Cafe area. The ubiquitousness of that iced coffee cup makes its shape easy to identify and is also part of what makes its breakdown into cylindrical sections and curling wire-frames so very engaging... at least for the addicts out there.

Look around the library and you will certainly find other objects undergoing metamorphosis in appropriate places. From a wireless mouse twisting and expanding to envelope the hand that wields it near the a computer cluster on the 1st floor, to a razor that grows sharp protrusions and becomes a bristling wire centipede on the shelf over a sink in the men's bathroom on the lower level you should find some common objects doing interesting things.


Project Slide show

Instructor Erin Murphy's students have taken a wide array of common objects and deconstructed them, exploring the potentials of form within them.

Dimensional Art Display Slideshow


The Dimensional Artists of FND117

The Dimensional Artists of FND117 collage

Instructor:
Erin Lyden Murphy

Artists:
Samantha Aldeborgh, Hadley Allen, Karina Campos, Devin Chambers, Chiudacris, Victoria Fennessy, Elyssa Kohlhagan, Alexa O'Connell, Alexis Oczkowski, Christie O'Donnell, Erol Ozcelik, Hannah Pak, Nehda Shehadeh, Nkiru Sewell, Kit Taylor


Fall 2011


Fiber and Textile Arts - Sculptural Fibers

Fiber and textile arts Fall 2011

The Learning Commons at Bird Library continues to benefit from the talents of students in the Sculptural Fibers class. The course, which explores how the forms taken by textiles and fibers in an ever-changing variety connect humans globally as well as over time through fine art and design traditions.

Please consider taking a moment to walk around the 1st and 2nd floors at Bird and experience the sculpture!


My mommy says I'm special by Molly Knopf

My mommy says I'm special by Molly Knopf

socks, poly stuffing, embroidery, yarn, wire


The influx of social disorder diagnosis during childhood is a prevalent global issue. The problem is not the disorder, but rather the label associated with the diagnosis, and the inherent social stigma it brings. Amongst children, ignorance and confusion of another child's diagnosis often leads to bullying, teasing, or avoidance. My works intention is to convey that from far away children with disorders all seem the same but when you take a closer look there are people behind the labels that we see: individuals and unique characters. The brightly colored bulbous shapes are evocative of early stage learning toys, speaking to the necessity of social disorder education and tolerance. Also, it is not entirely uncommon for children to be prematurely diagnosed and eventually outgrow their designated social disorder. The use of recycled children's tights helps suggest this notion.


Every time you look at this, a panda dies by Agata Katarzyna Kawalec

Every time you look at this, a panda dies by Agata Katarzyna Kawalec

mixed materials


The media is overwhelming. Our own personal lives are overwhelming. How do we choose between the two? Why should we? In this piece, I hope to interact with the permanent space where world and local newsworthy events are read, researched and discovered. The mannequins submerge and get mislaid within the space in their own newspaper attire. the same affect arises with one's own attempts to understand and tackle world-issues. Crocheting yarn gives me a sensation of defeat over my own inner struggles by interlocking ideas, patterns, thoughts, and frustrations. Every one-person can chose to passionately make difference in society. Yet, I am plagued by various problems of social issues and expectations that all equally represent troubles affecting my daily pattern and exhaust my thinking. Each piece was dyed and stiffened in shades of red to create an alertness and awareness that all issues have equal importance, but not all matters can be tackled and answered. The color red is linked to human emotion and aggression. the variety in reds alludes to the confusion between what one can aggressively tackle and what one should.


Breathe by Jee Eun, Lee

Breathe by Jee Eun, Lee

polyester felt made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and thread

My name is Jee Eun, Lee who came from Korea to study ceramics at the graduate level. The title of my work is Breathe. I focus on the marine microbes which comprise most of the living matter in the sea. My previous work has been mostly about water.

Now I am interested in the relationship with marine microbes and human life when I am thinking about the global issue. Marine microbes also have major effects on the world's climate. By absorbing carbon dioxide, they contribute to the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere, thereby moderating the global greenhouse effect. I fabricated replicas of microbes with white felt as one might experience themselves in the water.


My Winter Hat by Jennifer Lee

My Winter Hat by Jennifer Lee

dye on fisherman's wool


Hats were my reaction to the social issue of homelessness. Why hats? I thought that a cozy winter hat would be a symbol of their fight for survival, especially through the rough winters. The idea of a color spectrum from light to dark will be comparable to a timeline of their lives. One day their lives were great, and then it gradually worked its way into darkness.


Consecrated Whales by Kasey Alison Conlon

Consecrated Whales by Kasey Alison Conlon

mixed materials


In the corner of the staircase of Bird Library hang three paper whales, with 25 feet of fabric cascading below them. This piece is to symbolize the effects of whaling. Great strides have been made to end commercial whaling, however, the effects of whaling are still prevalent. Due to commercial whaling, only 100 west Pacific grey whales are in existence. To honor these special creatures, 3 paper whales were made. The paper gives the whales a ghostly paper lantern appearance. The black fabric cascading from the whales is to represent the oil that has been taken from the whales. The bleached fabric along with the satin gives it a grittiness and sheen look that is reminiscent of oil. The bleaching of the fabric also gives it this yellow-orange glow that appears to have a fire like quality to it, which connects back to how whale oil was used as lamp fuel. With this piece, it honors the whales and remembers those how have been killed due to commercial whaling.


Unrestricted Freedom by Rengian Yang

Unrestricted Freedom by Rengian Yang

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Our mind can be free from all the constraint of the outside world and get freedom. The peaceful heart and our creation and imagination are the panacea for us to meet the restrictions from the outside world. It is decided by us to choose to be a free man, which is the same as a dancer with shackle still chooses to dance.


Odio by Dani Swartzwell

Odio by Dani Swartzwell

fabric and mixed materials


If hate breeds hate, what causes hate? Most often fear of the unknown and prejudice against new things. That fear and prejudice can paralyze a person, confine them within their own ignorance. It can keep them stuck in place. It can prevent them from moving forward. From seeing, hearing or feeling anything beyond themselves. Hate is crippling. Decaying and destroying from within. So isn't hate the root of all evil?


Spring 2011


Hats, Naturally Inspired

A number of students from the Fiber Arts/Material Studies MFA degree program classes FIB 326 and 426 have placed hats inspired by the natural world in the Learning Commons for visitors to experience. Each of the hats in this set incorporate soft materials and an organic feel.


Circle Around the Earth by Betzaida Allman

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I was inspired to make this hat from an image of the earth. I started with the idea of natural environments using the circle as  the earth with the fabric showing the earth tones of the world. This allowed me to give a meaning to insignificant things that surround me.

Hair Net by Lindsay Mox

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This piece began as a study of the form of the head in contrast with the forms that grow out of it; horns and hair of sorts. My study brought me to an odd result. I can honestly say this is one of the weirdest pieces I have created. Through various techniques the headpiece has absorbed multiple textures. As I worked I found that the project kept picking up oddities here and there. The name refers not to the function of a regular hair net, but rather to the hair acting as a net and catching things as it goes along.

High Pressure by Lynn Hoppel

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"Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us show up and get to work."
-Chuck Close

Creativity is not a process of art but a reaction of need, not a talent but a result of doing, making, trying. Doing more = high efficiency = more pressure = greater results =doing more. It has become apparent in these works, when compared to daily.


Ode To Moss by Stephanie Muto-Graves

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For this hat I was inspired by the moss we find on the rocks or trees in nature. I wanted to reference something with texture, which is why I chose this as an inspiration. It is interesting to me that something that is normally found creeping up from the ground is now presented at the top of the body.

Wildlife Meets Fashion by Sheridonna F. Wilson-Bedell

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In this collection nature and objects from our environment inspired me. I love the unique shapes from out environment, for example trees, leaves, animals, balloons and the poolside just to name a few. I was give one element to work with, the environment. What do you get when you mix animals and fashion. You get a fabulous original wolf headdress scarf that can be used to keep warm as well as looking fabulous! My original designed deep Cowl dress with the same wolf trimmings on the wrist also inspired me. I wanted to see the two pieces working together on the runway. Overall this project helped me to realize I love to design unique and specialized hats made from using unusual materials. My goal is to start a hat collection in the near future.


Hats! Wonderful Hats!

March, when spring is almost close enough to taste on the air, is a month for hats. It is also the birth month of Dr. Seuss and, by way of celebration, Read Across America Day took place on March 2nd. Here at Bird Library the Fiber Arts/Material Studies MFA degree program has granted us a chance to share in the spirit of the season by setting up a selection of hats inspired by the works of the distinguished Doctor.


The Essence of Seuss by Stefanie Muto-Graves

The Essence of Seuss
This hat was designed through the inspiration of Dr. Seuss. When reminded of Dr. Seuss, the first characteristics that come to mind are the use of red and white stripes and exaggeration (as seen in the tall white and red striped hat in The Cat In The Hat). Also, Dr. Seuss uses swirls in a lot of his picture books, which adds an element of quirkiness. When reminiscing Dr. Seuss, I also think of Thing 1 and Thing 2’s puffy blue hair. I wanted to incorporate all these elements into a hat.

Just One Thing by Lynn Hoppel

Just One Thing
A sprite’s might
is quite a sight, but
a fairy in flight
is out of sight.

bits and bobs
kits and cobs
zits and gobs

pits and sobs
fits and throbs
hits and jobs

slits and slobs
snits and snobs
tits and mobs

A tweedle without his dee is just dumb.

Plastic Wrappers on the Human Head by Elin Beth Sandberg

Plastic Wrappers on the Human Head
Sandwich wrapped in a wrapper.
Food stored in plastic
bags and containers.
Mass produced containers
for mass produced food.
Plastic leftovers weigh on
our and our children’s heads.

Wig by Jessica Haberny

Wig March 2011
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is the Dr. Seuss book that inspired me to want to recreate King Derwin’s powdered peruke.  Specialty wigs have been worn as sign of wealth, for anonymity, for occupational grounds, hair loss, stylization and other various reasons.  I chose to recreate the wig because the rich crochet textures mimics the 500th hat that saves the life of Bartholomew Cubbins, and comments on the grandiose nature of historical dressings.

frumpamacallit (FRUMP-A-MA-CALL-IT) by Lindsay Mox

Frumpamacallit
Whenever one is feeling a little frumpy, grab this hat and take a nap. The warm,
gray yarn and the slouchy layers compliment any sort of frumpy mood. The
chinstrap will keep the frumpamacallit snugly on top of your head through
the slow moving rolls of your frumpy nap. For full effect, let the frumpamacallit
fully engulf your face.

SE Shore Surprise by Sheridonna Wilson-Bedell

SE Shore Suprise
My name is Sheridonna Wilson-Bedell.  I am a fashion design student.  The “SE Shore Surprise” hat was inspired by Dr. Guess “ Clam-I am”, as well as my childhood memory to the beach.  Being from Kingston Jamaica I grew up going to the beach all the time.  The shape of the hat is a seashell with a modern twist.  My fashion influence was Christian Dior (1950) “New Look” Era.  I decided to create a wave like crochet pattern to reflect the ocean.  Chicken wire was well as batting was used for the structure of the piece.  My color palette was simple colors that you can find at the beach, which are deep blue and white that symbolizing the waves moving as one.  I wanted to show all the islands that surround Jamaica so I added a special fabric I purchased in Kingston, Jamaica this summer in the middle of the piece fro excitement.  In addition a tailored color was created with an accent gold button to finish the project.  The fabrics I used were satin, nylon, silk chiffon and knit.  These are fabrics that interest me as of now in my fashion design career.


Spring Festival Decorations

Spring Festival Decorations in the Learning Commons

During the end of January and first two weeks of February 2011, decorations honoring the Chinese Spring Festival adorned various areas on the 1st floor of Bird Library. The decorations were created and displayed by the Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) and the “Folk Arts, Festival and Public Display” (ANT 300/HNR 340/SOL 360) class. Chinese red lanterns, the Chinese Knot tree, Chinese Zodiac, and more are on display at the Learning Commons. View the details and pictures of each decoration below.

The wishing tree

The Wishing Tree

Located outside of the Peter Graham room is the wishing tree and it is decorated with Chinese Knots. The Chinese Knots are intelligence symbols of ancient Chinese civilization, and have undergone thousands of years of evolution. As the sign on the tree says, “Chinese Knots represent a long history of Chinese customs, tradition and aesthetic concepts. Also, it brings good luck to people who wear it.” There are a number of wishes are written on the tree such as: “Get warm (so cold here)!” “More SU basketball wins please!” “Don’t take things so seriously!” “Get good rest for new year.”

The tree itself was created by Rachel Jean Kelchlin. It was installed in Bird several months earlier as part of a fiber arts class project. Our thanks to Rachel for letting her tree stay a little bit longer in order to hold so many good wishes.


The Zodiac in the Learning CommonsThe Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac signs can be seen along the windows and glass doors on the 1st floor, and include eleven natural animals consisting of the Rats, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, and the Dragon. Chinese have their own zodiac, and this is the Rabbit year.

Couplets

Couplets

Along the base of the stairs, Chinese language Couplets can be seen on the glass walls and windows. Couplets are written on paper or wood, consisting of concise statements, rhythm coordination and parallel sentence structure. As the description near the Couplets states: “Writing couplets has become a time of social custom before Chinese New Year since Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, announced everyone must write a couplet on their door before Chinese New Year’s Eve.”


Paper Lanterns in the Learning Commons

Paper Lanterns

The Chinese lanterns can be seen in a variety of locations on the 1st floor.  The description reads: “The Chinese Lantern originated in the Western Han Dynasty 1800 years ago. People hang red lanterns, a symbolic meaning of reunion, to create a festival environment before the annual Lunar New Year Lantern Festival. The Chinese lantern is not only for lighting but also a symbol of happiness. Hanging lanterns is to celebrate peace and prosperity. By the flickering lights, lanterns symbolize “luck” and “riches,” so the custom of hanging lanterns is still popular now in China.” CSSA also decorated the SU Quad with Chinese lanterns from February 1-5.

Paper Cuttings

Paper Cutting

Examples of Chinese paper cutting can be seen in a wooden case near the base of the stairs on the 1st floor in the LC. The description posted near the case reads: “Chinese paper cutting is a unique art form and has existed for thousands of years… In the rural countryside in mainland China, paper cutting is a traditionally female activity... but professional paper cutting artists are usually male. Today, paper cuttings are chiefly decorative.” The descriptions also says that paper cut outs are supposed to bring good luck, so hopefully the LC will have much luck this year!


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