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Internet Archive Celebrates Nuala Creed: 100 Ceramic Archivists

Category: Nonprofit function2014-05-30  Brewster Kahle
logoThe Internet Archive is housed in a wonderful San Francisco building that used to be a Christian Science church. In the pews along both sides of the large, skylight-lit auditorium, there is always a congregation: half-sized ceramic figures representing 100 "archivists" -- people that contributed at least three years of service to the non-profit organization.

A reception honored Nuala Creed, the California artist, who created the figures over a five-year period. They were commissioned by Brewster Kahle (above), founder of the Internet Archive, following a visit to China and seeing the famous terracotta warriors.

The 100th ceramic figure is that of Aaron Swartz, a brilliant young software engineer, co-founder of Reddit, and political activist, who took his own life last year following prosecution by the US government. It stands in the front pew next to the figure of Brewster Kahle.

The text on the computer screen reads:

"Be curious. Read widely. Try more things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity."

Aaron Swartz 1986 - 2013
Performer: Nuala Creed
Location: Internet Archive, 300 Funston, San Francisco, CA
Venue: Internet Archive
Organization: Internet Archive


Internet Archive Celebrates Nuala Creed: 100 Ceramic Archivists2014-05-30Nonprofit function