Wednesday, May 9, 2007

harriete estel berman

Artist Harriete Estel Berman is known for her use of found/recycled materials, and now she's working on a new project. Harriete is trying to collect used #2 pencils for a piece about standardized testing, and she's accepting donations. Here are the details:

Seeking #2 pencils:
Any and all used pencils, including
broken, chewed, stubby, or erasers worn to a nub.

I need over 30,000 pencils to assemble a new
sculpture about education and test taking.

‑‑Clean out your junk drawer of leftover pencils;
--Rub out memories of erasers too small for mistakes in life;
--Protest the tyranny of standardized tests.

Ask local schools, students, or teachers to help.
Share or send this email to anyone and everyone else who might like to participate and contribute pencils.

Send pencils to artist:
Harriete Estel Berman
657 42nd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403-5059

If you include your name, address and email, I’ll send you a card of the finished piece. If you would like to write a comment about your experience with standardized tests, send a statement with your pencil contribution.

· The testing industry is calculated to be a $400 million to $700 million industry.
· In 2001, the New York Times reported that the U.S .Department of Education set aside $400 million to help states develop and administer the tests that the No Child Left Behind Act mandated for children in grades 3 through 8. Among the likely benefactors of the extra funds were the four companies that dominate the testing market .
· Do you know that Educational Testing Service (ETS), best known for its administration of the SAT college-entrance exam, won a three-year, $50 million contract in October 2001 to develop and score California's high-school

(via Midge's Mind)

You can also see more of Harriete's work on her website.


gill said...

Please visit my place...i have worked with some recylcle materials and with the amazing concept of collecting!!!...

don't we all have something to collect?

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Hillary said...

Have you seen Harriete's work on It is truly amazing. They have other incredible artists using recycled materials. Check it out!

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istartus said...

Thanks for the 'heads up' on this artist, I really like the work.