Locating a Community Artifact
For this assignment, visit a local site to examine an everyday artifact in its natural habitat. Select an object connected with that site (on-campus sites, your own work place, or public venues are perfectly fine for this assignment). You might investigate a public statue, historic marker, locally famous landmark or building, displayed museum or library artifact, unusual or historic architecture, public garden or park.
Choose an artifact that:
• relates to your purpose for studying the site;
• you can legally and physically carry away from the site; or
• you can photograph, draw, or transcribe so you can hand it in with your paper.
Following the guidelines below, analyze the selected object in terms of your prior claim/assumption or to discover the use/significance of the object.
Description and Analysis
1.Before you begin to analyze the artifact, consider your assumptions/existing knowledge. Write a one-paragraph introduction to your project in which you introduce your artifact (sketch it or include a picture).
• How familiar are you with this artifact? Have you seen it before?
• What previous responses have you had to it?
• What does it remind you of?
• What do you think it means and/or does?
• How do you think it affects those who use it?