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What are your goals? WWU professors want to incorporate them into an art project

Matthew Anderson
University Communications

Cara Jaye and Seiko Purdue, both faculty members in the Western Washington University Department of Art, are in the midst of creating a large-scale wall sculpture in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Viking Union on the WWU campus.

As part of the project, they need people's goals, aspirations and future dreams to become a permanent part of the work. How do you want to make a difference in the future? What would you like to accomplish? Jaye and Purdue are looking for immediate goals, long-term goals, 1-year, 2-year, 5-year or life goals.

The artwork in question, to be titled "Lofty Aspirations," will be a tall, hand-made paper piece that examines ideas of personal goals and aspirations within a cloudscape formation, according to a press release. The piece will comprise 27-or-so hand-cast and hand-dyed paper cloud formations that float up through the installation location, which is a tall, narrow space in the VU near the Post Office, extending from the fifth floor to the seventh floor. The clouds will get larger and change from pale blue to dark blue as they move to the top of the space, the artists say, and upon closer inspection the viewer will be able to see that the cloud forms have written goals and objects embedded all over the surface.

"This piece hopes to invoke themes of future possibility and what one can accomplish in life with goals, vision, work and a little bit of dreaming," Jaye and Purdue say in the release. "It encourages pondering one's individual potential and looking for forms and imagery in the clouds."

Anyone who wants to submit his or her personal goals, dreams and aspirations to the project may post on the Viking Union's Facebook page at, on the Viking Village forum at, or via e-mail to or

Responses received will be transferred onto handmade indigo paper and incorporated into the work.

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