Library Rorschach Display

Library Rorschach Display

For one week in October we asked library visitors what they saw on the table. The most common response was “spider” (also “scorpion”).  Other interpretations were:

  • Throne
  • Ewok
  • WALL-E
  • Child embracing a post
  • Face latching alien
  • An embrace
  • Hair salon chair with dryer,sculpture
  • Exoskeleton
  • Rocks
  • great canyon
  • Ribcage
  • Monarch butterfly
  • A cool octopus shaped chair
  • Altar
  • Head and embrace
  • paper

And the most biting interpretation of all – mediocre art.

The display was the creative genius of three library staff members who were just acting independently.  One person brought in a pile of packing paper and put it on the table.  Another person didn’t care for the mess, so she arranged it into the shape.  A third person decided it should be a Rorschach test* and put up the sign and survey sheet.  Voila!  The library had an interactive display!

What do you see on the table, dear reader?

* defines Rorschach test as ”a test for revealing the underlying personality structure of an individual by the use of a standard series of 10 inkblot designs to which the subject responds by telling what image or emotion each design evokes.”