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Photo: Michael Visser


Still Life with Fruit it's Not
Created in 1969 for media guru Marshall McLuhan by his friend René Cera, Pied Pipers All is a wall-sized, psychedelic interpretation of an era in the midst of extreme technological and cultural change.

Unlike many people on campus at the time, Cera actually understood McLuhan's ideas, interpreting the siren call of television as a frenzied dance of seduction and confusion.

But in 1979, McLuhan suffered a stroke, and the pipers fell silent. With the great communicator unable to speak, the administration decided to close his beloved classroom. The painting was sliced into three pieces and stored in a country barn while McLuhanites such as Pierre Trudeau and Woody Allen rallied for the centre to come back to life - which it did in 1983 as the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology.

Today, the pipers are back in one piece (give or take some steel frames, splintered wood and chipped paint), still dancing their frantic warning.

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