Mark Lee Photography, Inc.
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“On a building glass
has lighted, and now asleep,
a dragonfly, my”
Dragonfly and Koi live today on the front and
back of the Sellinger Quilt, Insect, fish, and school speak
an international language of beauty and endurance. Legend
claims that dragonflies live but a day while Koi span 200
years. Days and years on end they hover over and within the
lily ponds of Kyoto and Maryland. This enduring beauty, be
it a moment or century, is the call of Sellinger to its students:
make beauty your business in a world wider than waters.
The Charles Street entrance of Sellinger Hall
like a floating ship welcomes those who come to campus. The
quilt adopts the floating quality of the school’s architecture
in this harbor city of Baltimore. Pearl windows make steel
glide into a salmon and soft blue sky. Maroon wood and trees
of puffed green leaves lighten brown stone so that strength
and gentleness play against one another.
A business school which looks to serve a global
community is captured in marbled fabric overdyed in Cork,
in bleached-out clouds given through a technique learned in
Bali. Architectural fabric from Annapolis’s seaport
and “tranquility” binding from Xi’an come
together in harmony. Backside colors of light and dark Nara
blue offer the water and sky for orange-red Koi from nearby
Kyoto. Hopefully, the many parts from many parts invite viewers
and students to enter and serve a world larger than the sum
of all its parts.
And so as we started with legend let us end
with legend. There is an ancient Chinese tale that, on the
third day of the third month, when the peach trees are in
flower, rigorous Koi that could scale the Gate of Yu’s
three-tiered waterfall would become flying dragons. The hearty
becomes bearers of enduring beauty. May you join their number
visitor and student of the Sellinger School.
Courtesy of: Loyola College in Maryland
The Sellinger School of Business and Management
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