Air & Water

This short photo essay documents the creation of a woodblock print, entitled: “Air & Water,” that was produced in order to raise funds for the fight to restore Cooper Union’s legacy of full tuition scholarships for all who attend.

From the accompanying statement:
Here you will observe a scene in which the Union of Science and Art is represented by two beasts, a Fish and a Bird, who have come together atop Peter Cooper’s Foundation Building in order to form a machine, in which a wheel, representative of the active process of education, turns like a mill, the four spokes of the wheel indicating the four disciplines of the college: Art, Architecture, Engineering, and Humanities. Together, the Fish, representing “Water”, and the Bird, representing “Air”, reference Peter Cooper’s popular belief that “Education should be Free as Air and Water.”

 

 

 

 

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