Jacob Bigelow

by maura.corbett on September 21, 2013

This past Monday, our class discussed four articles commenting on technology’s relationship with history and progress.  Then, we trekked on over to the AAS library to delve into four primary documents written by Jacob Bigelow.  Though at first glance, these documents fail to focus on technology, Professor Klinghard’s probing questions led us to realize how things like Egyptian-inspired statues do indeed relate to America’s technological evolution.  America’s desire to name itself as a growing technological world leader caused the country, and Bigelow in particular, to borrow classical symbols, like the Sphinx, and claim a right to their power and history, as well as the beauty and reason they represents.

Our first paper on one of Bigelow’s documents is due Monday, so wish us luck!

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Lance Lazar September 26, 2013 at 1:59 am

And I had only known Jacob Bigelow from Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, with its Egyptian revival, Gothic follies, and Elysian Fields motifs. Wonderful to find traces of technological inquiry in his works! His Chapel is being restored by the cemetery now. Here is the website: http://www.mountauburn.org/2011/bigelow-chapel-restored/

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