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Argentine Library Exterior Panels

Installation Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around is a nine panel bronze installation designed and created by Michael Wickerson. The three actions: looking up, looking down, looking all around, are literally framed between the castings of vertical stacks of “checked out” books. Towering to the sky these books imply active reading and research, climbing to knowledge, and teetering and swaying in one’s attempt to perceive, experience, and understand the world around us. The first tryptic focuses on the perception and intuition of the very young. The need to look up, the desire to watch something rise, and the knowledge gained from perception drive the mind towards one’s own particular talents and skill. The second tryptic focuses on the act of practicing and gaining skills over time. The novice hunching over their open books, watching their instrument while they play, and honing their skills provide the vital experience needed for one to demonstrate and develop their abilities. And finally, the last tryptic slips into the inner workings of the mind. Drawing from memory and concentrating on abstract and difficult concepts, this grouping of relief bronze points toward the “wax analogy of the mind”. True and false knowledge is imprinted into the mind of everyone. The geographer, doctor, engineer, and poet rely on their ability to draw from experience, and life itself, in order to come to understand the concepts they know and the terms that must come to terms with.

Reporter Laura Spencer interviews Wickerson for her story “Bronze Installation Inspired By Idea: ‘Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around’” on KCUR Public Radio.


“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh. the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Dr. Suess

9 Bronze Plates, 3’ x 1 1/2’ each

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