A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The answer to 'Ghost Clock's' secret is ...

Okay, I was asked to finally tell folks what secret of Ghost Clock is. If you look at three earlier posts, I asked readers to try an exercise. In one of the posts I alluded to the secret kept by this piece of art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery.

The secret is: cloth doesn't cover anything because there is no cloth.

Here is the link to the SAAM's webpage for this piece. The truth is that its all wood. Base and cloth. The artist has bleached the wood to make it look like a cloth. It's so good, I was at the Renwick the other days and a couple people there wouldn't believe the docent that it was just wood. they wanted to reach out and touch the piece to see (or feel) for themselves.

I use it in class to explore how things aren't always what you think they are. Think propaganda and rhetoric. Thanks for your comments and questions. It'll help next year in the classroom.

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