Campus is much like a candle; see, a candle flickers most wildly just before it goes out. Just in this manner, the things that make Quest what it is escalate in their intensity just as the Spring semester draws to a abrupt close: creative collaboration, festivities, art, outdoor recreation and music (oh buddy, the music!) all explode onto campus life in a manner not seen before in the year; this is seen in several creative initiatives, whether they be the Dancing Bear Festival, Cabaret, or the Quest Tune Squad Album project. Its almost as if this community, through its art, is trying to grasp onto and bind itself together, knowing full well that in a few days this same community will be scattering into 700 home-bound directions.
And yet, even once everybody has packed up for the summer and gone home, the campus resonates with art for those of us who were left behind. Uncovered in the packing-moving-unpacking process, these pieces speak volumes of a homesickness waiting to hit; a desperate and beautiful attempt to hold onto a place by leaving a part of yourself; well, your spirit, within these campus walls. Without further adieu, I present some of the hidden art I’ve had the pleasure of walking past over the last couple of quiet days on an otherwise empty campus.