Everyone wants to leave behind a mark on the world. For the past two weeks, students discussed what they wanted to be remembered for or what ways they wished to impact the world in our #DoNowLegacy post. We asked students If you were king or queen of the Universe, what message would you leave behind that would become your legacy for centuries to come? What are some of the major accomplishments you hope to achieve? What will you do to make the world better?
In 1879, a clay cylinder was found in Mesopotamia, inscribed with the accomplishments of “Cyrus the Great,” the King of Persia in the 6th Century BC. Inspired by the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition, Art School featured artist Ala Ebtekar worked with students at the Asian Art Museum by asking them to discuss what they would engrave on their own Cylinder. Ebtekar, along with his uncle Ata Ebtekar, collected the recordings of students’ responses, created an audio track that was pressed onto wax cylinders, and played the responses out of a gramophone at the museum. After this one night event, Ebtekar created the cylindr.us website to continue the discussion about legacy.
Students thoughtfully discussed ways they wanted to be remembered such as creating peace in the world or making people smile. The majority of students wanted to make a positive impact on their friends and families.
Many students proposed specific issues that they wanted to help change for the better.
— Kayla Tago (@tago_kayla) January 17, 2014
— Arthur Clemons (@Arthur_Clemons) February 3, 2014
— Chaylie Gibb (@chayygibb) January 30, 2014
Helping the World
Other students wanted to create peace in the world.
— Jake Boyk (@18jboy) January 23, 2014
If I was the king of the universe I would make the universe peace without war @KQEDEdspace #donowlegacy
— Ella (@ellazhu97_ella) January 17, 2014
Several students discussed how they wanted to inspire others to be confident.
— Emily (@18erigb) January 23, 2014
— Liи∂ѕєу Eνєиѕтαd (@lindseyloo733) January 29, 2014
Some students wanted to inspire the world with their music or artwork.
— C H Λ S E (@afleetfox) January 28, 2014
— Allison Parkin (@allison_parkin) January 28, 2014
Finding a Legacy
One student commented on how her legacy is yet to be discovered.
— Dania (@Daniaaceee) January 17, 2014
Many students wanted to be a positive role model in their family.
— Michael Arrasi (@michaelarrasi) January 28, 2014
— Mallie Brown (@malbrown15) January 28, 2014
— andrew heugly (@andrewheugly) January 28, 2014
A Friend to All
Others discussed their dreams to make people smile and be a good friend to others.
— Izzy Lo (@littletech15) January 28, 2014
— Carol Pack (@harrypotter1345) January 28, 2014
— Adam Metcalf (@AdamMetcalf9) January 30, 2014