Visual Art in the Ash Heap of History?

DRAFT a later version will be contributed to Wikipedia

Markers on paper

I would like to start symbolically with an illustration to the letter ‘A’ and symbolically with an article that talks about history.

Wikipedia seems to give a lot of room for what history has forgotten. But it seems to be doing so while forgetting the way history has remembered – through visual art. When looking at the visual side of Wikipedia it appears to be very lacking in comparison to its textual side. We would argue it has been a blind-spot for this amazing project and we would like to engage it.

For these reasons I fell in love with the article Ash Heap of History the first time I read it and chose to visualize it as an opening statement for the blog.

One of the most iconic and celebrated moments of history is the French Revolution and one of the most iconic representations of this moment is this painting by Eugène Delacroix titled “Liberty Leading the People” (1830). Looking at that painting I was wondering what might happen if I flipped the painting’s angle?

Then we might discover a whole new perspective and maybe also “a figurative place to where objects such as persons, events, artifacts, ideologies, etc. are relegated when they are forgotten or marginalized in history”.

The ash heap of history (or often garbage heap of history or dustbin of history) is a figurative place to where objects such as persons, events, artifacts, ideologies, etc. are relegated when they are forgotten or marginalized in history.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_heap_of_history
Dec 11th, 2010

Now Discuss:

2 Comments

  1. R. S. Shaw Dec 29th, 10

    I very much like the idea of this illustration. For an effective WP illustration which is to be viewed beside the article text, a simpler, smaller form is needed. Primarily the back of Liberty and the flag need to be very readable, as well as some parts of the ash heap (as the foreground figure is here). Would a narrow, tall composition work for this?

  2. galia Dec 30th, 10

    Thanks Shaw.
    You’re raising a very good point here. How would the illustration look in the pages of Wikipedia when the current WP layout allows for only small images. To see the bigger image you are actually redirected to another (Wikicommons) page and by that leave the article page completely. It’s like reading an excerpt in the article and then being sent to the reference. So the images are currently considered just a decoration, not actual article content.
    Anyway, this is an early draft and your point is definitely something to take into account

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