Connect with us

All Articles

Modernist Installation in Ferris; Speculation Abounds

Bwog has yet to obtain a definitive interpretation of the regularly occurring exhibit above the Ferris trash compartments. Observers cite an almost daily recurrence of the piece, with gradual increase throughout the day, reaching a peak around lunchtime. Many see it as a representation of freshman struggles: the never-ending mountain of stress and woe that inevitably overflows the fragile container of the human psyche. Yet others have determined it to be symbolic of information overload in the digital age, where electronic stimuli affect even the ability to read which bin is trash and which is recycling. In any case, the installation (continued indefinitely?) creates a powerful motif: the all-too-real rejection of material goods, shucking one’s hands of any unworthy preoccupations because another trash can is just so far away.

The soul cannot be contained within its mortal bounds

Click to show comments

Write a comment

Your email address will not be published.



  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous with all due respect, columbia kids are so fucking selfish and inconsiderate.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Look. trash can’s are 15 dollars on amazon. and probably 50 for a little fancier one closer to Ferris’s. They can buy 5 more with 5 of the student swipes and solve this problem.

    The real deal is the trashcan right outside of ferris will have this mountain as well in an hour after this picture. And no one is going back down those tiny ass stairs.

    All best

  • Wilma says:

    @Wilma you want an omelette with dat?

  • ... says:

    @... the trials and tribulations of parking on your front lawn

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You guys complain that the lounges and facilities are run down. Now I know why.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Don’t forget the nightly displays at Hewitt–the towering plates waiting to be whisked away into the dishwashers with half-eaten chicken legs swimming in ketchup truly speaks of the trials and tribulations students endure.

  • Tracey Emin says:

    @Tracey Emin was here.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Poor dining staff. People suck at being considerate.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Should I place it on the floor, then?

      1. you could try another trash can says:

        @you could try another trash can they are generally no more than 30 feet apart. specifically right outside the ferris door

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous Then you can’t get back in b/c they’re assholes about swipes

    2. dining staff says:

      @dining staff I don’t care; I don’t get paid sh*t to do my job. You idiots all are overspending whine-babies.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous i doubt this is the dining staff due to the use of a semicolon

        1. CC'13 says:

          @CC'13 what the fuck is wrong with you

          1. I wanted desperately to thumb this comment says:

            @I wanted desperately to thumb this comment but the boxes were greyed out, so I’ll just reply here: +1, and thank you.

          2. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous in all fairness – yes, it’s kinda douchey to do that, but often you aren’t left with a choice. on the second floor there are only two trash cans, and if you have personal items with you, you can’t throw the trash out outside and then come back in to get your stuff without swiping. and frequently all the trashes are filled on both floors. ferris should have adequate trash cans so that this doesn’t happen, or have them changed more frequently. i don’t think this is the students’ faults – the trash cans outside are also always overrun

            1. CC'13 says:

              @CC'13 i don’t think you meant to respond to me. i was talking about the semicolon comment-definitely not as blatantly offensive as other things i’ve read on this site, but it is condescending and privileged in a way that so typifies the bullshit about race and class relations at this school.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I think you mean “installation.”

    1. ;) Or do they? says:

      @;) Or do they? ;) ;)


  • Ad

    Have Your Say

    What should Bwog's new tagline be?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

    Recent Comments

    I like been up since 2004 and was first idgod check whois data on all domains will prove the (read more)
    Fake It Till You Make It
    October 23, 2020
    Too much passive voice in this piece. (read more)
    An Announcement From Bwog’s Board
    October 23, 2020
    Yes I feel like there always is (read more)
    An Announcement From Bwog’s Board
    October 23, 2020
    LOL what? You are bwog, you are the New York Post of Columbia University news. I don't think any (read more)
    An Announcement From Bwog’s Board
    October 22, 2020

    Comment Policy

    The purpose of Bwog’s comment section is to facilitate honest and open discussion between members of the Columbia community. We encourage commenters to take advantage of—without abusing—the opportunity to engage in anonymous critical dialogue with other community members. A comment may be moderated if it contains:
    • A slur—defined as a pejorative derogatory phrase—based on ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or spiritual belief
    • Hate speech
    • Unauthorized use of a person’s identity
    • Personal information about an individual
    • Baseless personal attacks on specific individuals
    • Spam or self-promotion
    • Copyright infringement
    • Libel
    • COVID-19 misinformation