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:
- Child embracing a post
- Face latching alien
- An embrace
- Hair salon chair with dryer,sculpture
- great canyon
- Monarch butterfly
- A cool octopus shaped chair
- Head and embrace
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?
*Dictionary.com 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.”