Monday, October 4, 1999
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Work represents power of media

By Crystal J. Doucette
Daily Cougar Staff 

Students passing through the Communication Building courtyard might be a bit surprised by the new art installation there. After all, it's not often one sees televisions hanging from a tree.

The installation, called "Forbidden Fruit," consists of two newspaper-wrapped televisions and a computer monitor hanging from a tree in the courtyard. Four other televisions are on the ground, three of which have shattered screens, symbolizing fallen fruit.

(FRom left) Third year architechture majors Chris Evans, Rezaur Rahman, Clint Wilsey, Micheal Valenzuela and Daniel Ortiz work on a project titled "Forbidden Fruit" in the courtyard of the Communication Building.

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In addition, the roots and trunk of the tree are covered with planks of wood that creep toward the edge of the courtyard.

Third-year architecture majors Chris Evans, Luke Fry, Steve Halliday, Daniel Ortiz, John Plauché, Rezaur Rahman, Michael Valenzuela and Clint Wilsey assembled the project Sunday.

"It symbolizes the effect the media has on our society," Evans said. "The roots are grabbing onto the rocks, showing how connected the media is to our culture."

Wilsey compared the theme to the biblical Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

"We should be wary of the cross between technology and media and the effect it has on our society," Wilsey said. "The media is a very powerful influence, a source of knowledge."

The project was organized by communication Professor David Donnelly and architecture Professor Doug Michaels. It will remain in place until renovation work begins in the courtyard, expected to happen in November.

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