The Internet Archive, which is based in the Richmond District in San Francisco, is a nonprofit organisation that provides permanent storage and free access to music, websites, moving images and millions of public-domain books.
In a way, it’s commemorating the Internet, since its inception in 1996. And it’s also found a way to commemorate its researchers and archivists.
The Archive commissioned a fine arts sculptor named Nuala Creed to make statues representing people who have dedicated at least three years of service to the Internet Archive.
To date, Creed has made 100 statues, and they reside in the Great Room at the Archive and are scattered among the old church pews.
The Internet Archive’s founder, computer engineer Brewster Kahle, was inspired to start the project after he went on a trip to China and saw the terracotta warriors, which depict the armies of the first emperor of China.
Creed says that she works from photographs of the people, and a brief statement about their interests. The statues are also holding items, such as coffee cups, books and mobile phones.
The statue for Aaron Swartz, the co-founder of Reddit who committed suicide in 2013, is holding a computer and is wearing an Electronic Frontier Foundation T-shirt. The statue was unveiled on what would have been his 27th birthday.
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