Internet Archive - Immortalised Figures

The Internet Archive is a non-profit organisation that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Now the Internet Archive includes: textsaudiomoving images, software and provides specialised services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities. 

 

In a way, it's commemorating the Internet, since its inception in 1996. And it's found a way to commemorate its researchers and archivists. The Archive commissioned sculptor Nuala Creed to make statues representing people who have dedicated at least three years of service to the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive's founder, computer engineer Brewster Kahle, was inspired to start the project after he went on a trip to China and saw the Terracotta Army.

To date, Creed has made 100 statues, and they reside in the Great Room at the Archive. Creed says that she works from photographs of the people, and a brief statement about their interests. The statues are also holding items, such as coffee cups, books and cellphones.

 

To find out more take a look at The Archive’s Blog.