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Ohio University class participates in a performance art piece on the Civil War Monument on College Green Sept. 1.

An art class took over the Civil War Monument Tuesday

Students take a break and get their picture taken on College Green for classes. 

Students walking by College Green Tuesday afternoons might have noticed the 40 students draped over the Civil War Monument while getting their picture taken.

What almost looked like a photoshoot ended up just being a statement of what distraction from the stresses of class can look like, said Lori Esposito, professor for the class, Visual Art In Practice And Theory: Critical Perspectives. 

Students weren’t told much about the project, but to come to class dressed in a neon color.

“We were just told to do nothing and relax — not stressing on taking notes,” said Evan Tieman, a freshman studying studio art.

Tieman said the class was lying around on College Green for about 10 minutes and then migrated over to the Civil War Monument.

“We’re toying with the idea of spectacle and the neon is to just set us apart from the pedestrian,” Esposito said. “We’re just having an experience of encompassing a space and seeing what it’s like.”

There was even one incident where a female student in the pictures was actually not in the class, but just so happened to be sitting on the monument while the students were there.

“The girl in the laptop isn’t even in our class, we just started crowding around,” Tieman said laughing. “There’s another person on the other side I think.”

The artistic approach to sitting and leaning against the monument bench had students in a realistic state for no purpose, Tieman said.

“I don’t know why we’re doing this, but it’s definitely better than note-taking,” Tieman said.


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