Intelligence Awakening Mankind (1933)

Barry Faulkner (American. 1881 - 1966)

Intelligence Awakening Mankind

This mosaic of small glass tiles (tesserae) is composed of over one million glass tiles in two hundred and fifty colors, each hand-cut and hand-set. The work is a narrative concerning the triumph of knowledge over the evil of ignorance. The central figure of thought (intelligence) stands above the world, controlling the action in the mosaic; the two other powerful figures in this piece are spoken words and written words. Other figures symbolize creativity, ideas and intellectual efforts. The mosaic’s message is that thought will propagate new knowledge and advance civilization.

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