P211.T45 Margaret utecht

socks and 'stocks

I'm sure that Clemson students have probably noticed at some point or another, consciously or unconsciously, the large brick silo that stands right outside the Agriculture Quad. Silos are typically used on farms for storing grain so from the outside, this one just looks like a typical old silo but once inside, it is empty except for two benches and a plaque on the floor that reads "REF P211.T45 COOPER." P211.T45 was invented by David Tillinghast in 2001 as an art project. This project is delivered as discrete and there are many students here at Clemson that have never heard of it at all (honestly I had not heard of it until recently). It is something that is creative and shows the connection current Clemson students share with each other and with Clemson alumni.

This silo uses a pathos appeal because it looks closed off from certain angles and has two small openings on opposite sides that are just wide enough for a person to fit through. This makes it seem secretive and mysterious which intrigues passersby and results in their exploration of the structure. The plaque on the floor has a logos appeal because the creator of the plaque intended to use that plaque as a reference to a call number for a book that exists in the Cooper Library. This structure also uses an ethos appeal because it has been there for years and was created by a student at Clemson at the time who knew Clemson and its campus very well.

The placement or arrangement of the doorways are placed so when standing over the plaque (so you can read it), if you look up through the doorway in front of you, you are facing Cooper Library, where the "Secret Book" is located and you originally would would have been able to see the library clearly if it weren't for the recently built Academic Success Center. If you were to turn around and look through the doorway behind you, you would be looking out at the Agriculture Quad. This arrangement was used by the creator to make a tie between Agriculture and English/Writing. He says, "Agriculture is a way of organizing nature in fields and rows. Writing is a way of organizing ideas, experiences, and events. Nature, from cells to cities, is organized." This represents the interconnectedness that the students of Clemson get to experience firsthand on campus. It is not uncommon to see people of different majors, different hometowns, different backgrounds, different beliefs, and different interests all interacting and mingling. Tillinghast did a great job with displaying this fluidity in his work.

thumbs up for the mems

Using the call number written on the plaque when entering the library, one can find a book that the librarians keep under a restricted two hour check out time. A book full of blank pages can be found that many previous and current students have signed. Students have left behind signatures, quotes, words of advice, and random tidbits about Clemson in general. This book uses pathos to bring all sorts of emotions out of the reader. Some of the quotes evoke inspiration, laughter, sentiment, and intrigue to the reader. The book also uses memory to allow previous Clemson students to reflect on their experiences and feelings and recall the memories they made while here at Clemson. My roommate and I signed the book and are looking forward to returning years from now and reliving the experience!

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