“It is only as an aesthetic phenomenon that existence and the world are eternally justified. We have art in order not to die from the truth.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
It was a lovely installation, mirroring the creek’s meander through the Swarthmore College woods. It was created by sculptor Stacy Levy, and installed, with a lot of help from volunteers, over the winter.
It sparkled in the sun, moved gently in the wind. You could look through it, walk through it, dance in it.
You could listen to it.
Last week some of the same volunteers painstakingly cleaned it, in preparation for graduation last Sunday and Alumni Weekend this weekend.
Last Friday it was vandalized, over half of it spray painted.
It had to be taken down. Now, it seems, we’re less protected from the truth.
[Ed. note: It’s still up, but all the paint was not able to be removed.]