Ed’s Octopus Meditations have a really
important place for us in biology in the Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center. The idea was to talk about the new building and building collaborations, which is
something Ed is passionate about, and he in the context of that conversation
showed us the collection he was working on, The Octopus Meditations, and it blew
all three of us away. We started thinking kind of creatively and imaginatively
about how we could incorporate that into the biology spaces and use this as a way
to shape not only our own identity, but our identity connected to the rest of
the campus, in particular the liberal arts. We want to build connections
between biology and art, biology and philosophy, biology and English, because
those are absolutely critical aspects of a student’s education today, and that’s
what’s going to help them succeed once they leave Lafayette. Knowing that these are representations of an octopus, you start to think about how all these shapes come together and what’s the meaning. You’re looking at
images that remind me of things I’ve seen in the microscope but also play up
against color and design that takes me someplace else. This work gives us the chance to legitimize those kinds of initiatives as valid scholarly artistic, creative endeavors, and I think that’s what the liberal arts education is all about.