Erin O'Neill, CC class of 2014, has kindly offered to allow her sculpture, "Capsule," to be displayed in the library for the next year. Capsule is made of welded steel, basketry reeds, and Japanese kozo fiber, and currently hangs in the second floor atrium of Tutt.
O'Neill learned papermaking from Daria Wilber, a local papermaker. To make the paper for the sculpture, O'Neill boiled Kozo (a Japanese plant) in water with lye, then stripped the bark. She beat the Kozo fibers to a pulp and then produced sheets of paper using a mold and deckle. "The paper is very thin but exceptionally durable," she says, and describes it as "reminiscent of the exterior protective layer of an organism."
We are thrilled to be able to display the sculpture in time for Commencement! More images are available in the library's Flickr set.