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August 30, 2004

Hot off the Presses...The Latest Headlines

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This is the other side of the building. Forgive the skew.
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Staff Announcements

As the summer draws to a close, we are losing members of the Passing Through Team to the rigors of the academic session.
Thanks to Jon, Andria, Dan, the mural corps, James, and everyone else. You know who you are.

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Sabot...need we say more?

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Our Passing Through site at the bookstore just north of South Street is complete. Mural Team Members go, go, go!

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Passing Through Queen Village: Mission Accomplished

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August 29, 2004

Happy 21st Birthday

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Happy Birthday to mural team member Jon Crowell! Welcome to the next level. 2500 bonus points.

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Scullers on the Schuylkill

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We assume that cars on the expressway see the main Passing Through mural. Now we realize that people on the river passing through can see it too. Thanks to Captain Ken for this informative and artful image.

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August 24, 2004

Ledge Wall Today

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Here is a photo of the main mural from across the Schuylkill river. As you can see, the composition is coming together. Thanks to Officer Mister Lieutenant ThatTree for taking this pic.

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August 23, 2004

A Web of Words

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Signage is universal. Signs weave the stories of our daily narratives, our passages through. Some signs communicate seamlessly. The stop sign, for example, is spare and elegant. There is no extra baggage associated with a stop sign. Its eight-sided shape is pleasant, yet commanding. The red and white color scheme pops out in our greenish-grayish world.
Complex signs create their own narrative. The viewer is slightly disoriented and then enlightened.
The Passing Through project creates new signs and changes old signs. Our goal is to delight through a process of disorientation which leads to a new way of seeing.

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August 20, 2004

Text on Textile

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We are always folding a piece of cloth. It may be a towel, or a sheet, or a shirt. Folding away. We did not have to fold before textiles were invented. Before text was invented, we did not have to print. Think back, before the paper mills, before it was trees and cotton in one end and text out on the other, to a time when no one had anything to fold.

The Passing Through project is mounted on cloth, and we often think of the text on textile as a theme. The need for all this text and all these textiles gave birth to the industrial revolution, which in turn spawned bridges, trains, cars, and travel in the air. Passing through again and again, faster and faster. Always passing through.

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That Ribbon of Highway

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The road is a major theme of Passing Through, simply because we use the highway as a means of passing through. As a conveyance. To get from here to there, we use the asphalt path, be it a lane, a street, an avenue or an interstate. One leads to the other, and soon we have arrived at our destination. We spend so much time on the road that this symbol of movement becomes a static experience in our lives. We are going somewhere, but we are always in the same place: on the road.

Just passing through, people say.

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