Memory Palace by Hugh Crawford
The goal of this project was to photographically combine items
from the Brooklyn Public Library collections, paper ephemera .
books, catalog cards and other mementos from and of the
library's past with the library's latest technological
offerings. PASSAGE: The Memory Palace uses
photographic images somewhat in the manner of allegorical
genre painting and as objects in the mnemonic device known as
the memory palace. The term Memory Palace of course also
describes the library and it's collections just as passage can
describe the space where the artwork is installed as well as
the passage of time.
In the middle of the project Hurricane Sandy blew through the
borough of Brooklyn and changed the project to some extent.
Water became a theme as I had just discovered that the
Brooklyn Public Library is located next to a former reservoir
and the wave motif is used in the wall behind the library. The
Brooklyn Public Library collection of Coney Island ephemera,
my ongoing interest in Coney Island and Hurricane Sandy's
impact on Coney Island made Coney Island an obvious focus rich
in history and metaphor.
An online zoom-able version of the murals can be found here
I was only able to use a tiny percentage of the material I
gathered, here are some outtakes
pages from the Coney Island House guest registe
rest of the Jay Ward program
weather photographs from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle morgue