BY BARBARA PALMER
WHEN ELECTRONIC MEDIA ARTIST PAUL DEMARINIS and painter and printmaker ENRIQUE CHAGOYA -- both professors in the Department of Art and Art History -- collaborated on an installation for the new underground parking lot near the intersection of Blake Wilbur and Pasteur drives at the hospital, they riffed on the range of everyday sights and sounds they encountered on campus. The result is Rebus, which combines 20 drawings created by Chagoya and etched on the glass panels at the parking lot's ground level entrance and DeMarinis' sensor-activated recordings of the sounds the images would produce: the squeak of shoes on a basketball court, a cat's meow (inspired by the feral cats that live near west campus art studios), a train whistle, the sound of a horse galloping. "I wanted the sounds to be iconic," DeMarinis said. Over time, the artists hope that visitors, employees and patients who use the parking lot will put the visual and aural pieces of the installation together, DeMarinis said. Rebus could "kind of wake people up out of the place they are in. Hopefully it will make them listen and see in a more open way and help them think about the place they are in."
Memorial Church turned 100 this year, and the Office for Religious Life is celebrating with a series of three Centennial Chats to be held in the side chapel of the church during Fall Quarter. First up is a "wedside chat" on Oct. 16 by wedding coordinator BETSY KOESTER, who has assisted with more than 2,500 nuptials at the church since 1984. On Nov. 12, university organist ROBERT HUW MORGAN will talk about the church's four organs and the life of a university organist. (Last spring, a travel column in the New York Times called listening to Morgan practice in the church one of the top ways to spend a little time in Palo Alto.) On Dec. 9, art conservator LESLEY BONE, chief conservator for the restoration of the church after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, will talk about the structure's art and architecture. All talks will begin at 5 p.m. (Drop by the Office for Religious Life Open House today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Round Room and adjacent lawn in the back of the church.)
If the first sign of fall on campus is flocks of returning students, the second is leaves of the Chinese pistache trees along Bowdoin and Santa Teresa streets turning crimson and orange. Grounds manager and horticulturist HERB FONG will lead his annual Fall Color Tree Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 15. The lunch-hour tour will begin at noon near the fountain in White Plaza. All are welcome.
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Stanford Report, October 8, 2003