University Of Michigan Buildings Get 'Tattooed'; Here's Why [VIDEO]


Two museums at the University of Michigan get "tattooed". The new mural, apparently, is meant to tell the stories of ancient civilizations while reflecting their relevant environments.

Jim Cogswell, an artist and a professor at the University of Michigan, created the "Cosmogonic Tattoos". Per US News, this is an adhesive vinyl mural that covers the windows of the school's Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. The two buildings are situated across the street from each other.

Interestingly, the "tattoos" feature "reassembled" pieces of about 250 artworks in the museums' collections. Cogswell stated that he used objects from one museum and then combined them with objects from the other. This, he added, aims to catch people's eyes and create a connection with art in a public space.

Meanwhile, the University of Michigan News reported that Cogswell explained the story behind the project entitled "Cosmogonic Tattoos". He noted that Cosmogonies are the explanations for how the world came to be. They help in the identification of how people behave, how people think who they are as a species, as a society, and as individuals.

For the record, the school's Museum of Art is free and open to the public. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. On Sundays, it operates from noon to 5 p.m. while it is closed on Mondays.

On the other hand, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology also offers no entrance fee. It is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday. During weekends, it is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. only. It Is closed every Monday too.

The lead sponsor for the "Cosmogonic Tattoos" is the UM Office of the Provost. Additional support for Cogswell came from the UM Bicentennial Office. The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design also helped him accomplish this project.

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