An on-going commission for the
Internet Archive by sculptor
"Harnessing the medium of clay, with its millennia of human history,
to the era of post-print high-technology, Nuala Creed has imbued these portraits
of 100 contemporary workers with individuality and created a telling snapshot
of our times, along with an excellent view of the dedicated skill of the artist.
The Ceramic Archivists stand ready to tell their stories to future generations."
-- Susannah Israel
Ceramics Art and Perception, issue 92, '13, pp 76-77
see Susannah's article here
Inspiration for the Project
Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, went to China and was impressed with the Xian warriors. After he got back, he decided to hire Nuala Creed to start making sculptures representing indivuals who had dedicated at least three years of service to the Archive. Nuala has made more than 90 to date. They are on display in the Great Room of the Internet Archive, in San Francisco, California.
|This image is featured on page 24-25 of The Human Face of Big Data by Smolin and Erwitt||(photograph © Michael Grecco Productions, Inc. 2012)|
|"I love this commission, it allows me to do what I love, to create figures in clay. The Ceramic Archivists are hand-built, each figure is unique. I work from a photograph of the person, and a brief statement as to their interests. As I build the figure it is almost as though I am getting to know that person. Many of the figures are holding something, a coffee cup, book, cell phone, plate of cookies, knitting, a laptop etc. which personalizes them. Though I have made 80 of them to date, each piece still presents a challenge to convay the individual."|
|2013, Nuala Creed www.nualacreed.com|