An Emotional Landscape takes shape at Penn State Beaver

John Peña has been working with students at Penn State Beaver to prepare hundreds of colorful disks over the past few months. They will appear in various patterns and as statements of current emotion on campus throughout the spring semester.

Students are invited to engage with the artwork and select an emotion, represented by a color, to place atop a steel rod that is inserted into the ground. This colorfield will visually display student emotional states throughout the semester. Students have already begun to interact with the colored disks as seen in the gallery of images below. One view is all red (angry) and blue (sad). Another day the field was predominantly yellow (happy), orange (excited or surprised) and light blue (calm).

Make sure you contribute your emotion to the project on your next campus visit to Penn State Beaver. The installation is centrally located and visible from every building on campus!

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YELLOW: Happy-Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment
ORANGE: Excited or Surprised-Very enthusiastic and eager
PURPLE: Fearful-An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat
LIGHT BLUE: Calm-Not showing or feeling nervousness, anger or other emotions
BLUE: Sad-Feeling or showing sorrow, unhappy
RED: Angrey-Having a strong feeling of or showing annoyance, displeasure or hostility
GREEN: Anxious-Experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or an uncertain outcome
GRAY: Ambivalent-The state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone

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