UCC Ireland to House Circuit Board Thunderbird. My conglomerate sculpture “Circuit Board Thunderbird” has been purchased and will be placed on permanent display at UCC (University College Cork, Cork Ireland) at the George Boole Library. This piece (part of my conglomerate sculpture series) will be completed in time to be included in the George Boole Bicentenary Celebration (1815-2015) event along with the central medicine wheel from my “Indigenous Iconic Earth Altar” fiber installation (see below).
The Thunderbird of the upper world, with its’ customary lightening bolt, is the quintessential Native American icon. It tells of the original creation of the universe through electricity (life energy). Here I symbolized its creative electrical force by using circuit board and copper coil imagery. I took it upon myself to update the Thunderbird in this fashion as a way to illustrate the power of this mythical being while demonstrating Indigenous survival and continued cultural identification in the digital era. This contemporary high-tech bird represents a balanced amalgamation of ancient knowledge with modern technology and has a unique association with Great Great Grand Dad, George Boole.
The Octagonal “Tesseract Medicine Wheel” from my I.I.E.A. altar will be on exhibit at the Boole Library from August 21-28th as part of a bicentenary celebration (1815-2015) of George Boole. This ongoing event is taking place at the University College Cork (UCC), where he was Professor of Mathematics. Known as the forefather of the Information Age, Boole was a mathematical genius who was largely self-taught. His appointment as the first Professor of Mathematics at this college in 1849 provided the opportunity to develop his most important work, An Investigation of the Laws of Thought. This gigantic celebration features a Genealogy project, renovation of Boole’s former home to be used as a centre for scientific innovation and incubation, major international conferences in mathematics and computer science, UCC Library exhibitions of Boole papers and artefacts, educational outreach, a documentary of Boole’s life and legacy, commissioned artistic installation and musical composition, and the founding of a new research institute during 2015, as The UCC George Boole Institute, to foster interdisciplinary research in Boole-related disciplines. The UCC Glucksman Gallery will host an exhibition of art works relating to Boolean themes.