Life of the Mind

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Artist: John McEnroe

Date: 2007

Artwork Type: Sculpture

Material: Plastic

Description: John McEnroe’s ideas about the artworks for the Omar D. Blair Edison Charter School take into account the atmosphere of learning and discovery built into it. The facility provided plenty of opportunities for one or two large individual works of art. However, the artist decided on multiple, grade-specific works to be placed throughout the school. Most of the objects in Life of the Mind are recognizable and highly sculptural. They are located next to the classroom entryways, like nonverbal signage. The colors are crisp and the textures are smooth. The positioning of the forms is at eye level to the students and can be touched. The artist designed Life of the Mind to ignite learning and to create a strong connection to place.