Vaults of Memory
It might be far fetched to link the recent death of Michael Jackson and the conversations it stimulated globally to the debates generated by the refashioning of the Administration Building affectionately shorthanded ‘Admin Building’ on The UWI, St Augustine campus. But what links these two seemingly disparate events together is that they are both icons, important for different reasons and equally so to the groups they have touched.
The recent renovation and repainting of Admin Building, from a cool institutional duck egg white trimmed with maroonish brown to orangy peach columns, and walls of terracotta red edged in bougainvillea leaf green (my colour schema, not the architect’s or paint manufacturers’), generated a passionate conversation among colleagues about the change of appearance. The debate was sparked by an email written by one staff member who remonstrated the choice of colours. A spate of emails followed on the campus intranet. Sentiments were divided; the majority resented the colour shift for a range of reasons including the....
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