Artist: Jim Miller
Media: Fiberglass plastic emulsion
Location: Jackie Robinson Replacement School Interior. 150 Fournier Street.
Jim Miller, a photographer from Naugatuck, created a unique genre that crosses boundaries between sculpture and photography which he calls PhotoGlobes. Miller patented the process of the "mounted immersion view," which he also trademarked in the form of "PhotoGlobes." Theses works of art are structured around skeletal frames of wood onto which fiberglass panels are attached. Hung from a chain, the Photoglobe moves with air circulation, allowing the viewer to see different images as the globe turns.
Miller chose to photograph Jackie Robinson students in poses that express the values inherent in the characters of Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson, remembered for breaking the color barrier both on the baseball field and off. Words used by students to describe Robinson include caring, respect, loyalty, honesty and joy. While the clothing style of the students portrayed in the artwork will, with time, become dated, the artist believes that the expression on the faces of the students and their chosen postures are part of human experience and will always be recognizable.
Two additional panels which are part of the project capture Jackie Robinson students inside and outside their school. The images were made from the same process, though laid flat instead of shaped around an armature.
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