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May 10, 2014

Dance of the Ginkgo - Artwork

Dance of the Ginkgo

Joan Webster-Vore's 'Dance of the Ginkgo' is displayed in the CSD Student Development Center of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY. The information below is displayed on a plaque beneath the artwork:

“When considering the space, the environment and RIT/NTID, I thought about dancing with hands. I thought about the sign for friendship (which is one of my favorite signs) and the sign for welcome. I also thought about the ginkgo leaf, which is a beautiful fan-shaped leaf much like the shape of a hand in a welcoming sign. The Ginkgo tree is unique, resilient, ancient, long living and powerful.
The leaves were formed from copper wire and covered in paper. They were then painted in a range of earth/skin tone colors. Some of the leaves are translucent, while others are opaque or iridescent. The appearance is constantly changing, depending on the lighting and movement of the air around them. Based on these variables, some of the leaves will be more visible at different times.”

Enlarged photo on RIT - NTID website.

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