|Pedagogy of Apples and Oranges
Title: Pedagogy of Apples and Oranges
The artists sought to “reopen the windows” by creating trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) mosaics, creating realistic window ledges and curtains that frame views of two, very different scenes.
On the left side, we gaze into outer space, seeing planets and the moon. Be sure to look for the “rabbit in the moon,” a traditional Mexican interpretation of the shadows on the moon’s surface. One of the planets we see in outer space is the earth, carefully created by the youth artist team and artists while looking at a globe for reference. Knowledge is always positional, if we are gazing out the window at Earth, where are we?
On the right side is a representation of a Toltec statue. The Toltecs were a great ancient civilization in Mexico. The Mayan civilization, itself one of the foundations of contemporary Mexican culture, was based on many of the traditions, skills, and knowledge of the Toltecs.
On the window ledge, sits an apple and a potato. The apple for the teacher is a traditional education association in American culture. The potato, known in France as “pomme de terre” or “apple of the earth” is a vegetable that originated in the Americas, but has become a food staple in many places throughout the world.
On the windowsill of the space scene is an orange. Think carefully about what you are studying, about what you are testing. Don’t make the mistake of comparing apples and oranges.