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Vedic Hive

Materials: Wood, Stain, Ink, Hinges, Printed Instructions, Marbles, Glass Vessel, Felt

Size: 12” X 192” X .75”

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Article on Blocks by Karen Hewitt (pdf)

This is an article on the history of blocks as a toy and learning device. To summarize, block toys were initially created with the intent of adding fun to learning the alphabet (alphabet blocks came before other types.) Eventually, pioneers in children’s education decided that teaching open ended problem solving was a better use of the block, and letters were scrapped in favor of different sizes and shapes. There’s also a brief mention of gender stereotypes, and the article suggests that marketing these types of toys to boys and not girls influenced the gender divide in engineering and other constructive fields of study we see today

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Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies – Sand Mandalas.

Formed into traditionally prescribed Tibetan iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of historical Buddhist spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for consecrating, or blessing, the earth and its inhabitants, and provides for the practitioner a visual framework for establishing the enlightened mind of the Buddha.

 

 

fluxhibition #3 – Boxes, cases, kits, containers – contemporary fluxus art and artists.

“Boxes and containers in general have been a fascination to many over the course of history and an opportunity for artists to embed artistry into the box design. Human beings always seem to have a lot of stuff and have always needed ways to drag that stuff around and there has always been the need of containers to store this stuff in. The history of the container is so far reaching that I don’t suppose anyone has ever written a book on the topic or at least I have never seen one. History aside, the boxes in this exhibition are a fasinating cross section of ideas in box assemblage from all over the world. “–Cecil Touchon, show coordinator.