To mark what would have been the 75th wedding anniversary of the late Charles and Bernice “Ray” Eames, the Bartholomew County Public Library and Landmark Columbus have partnered to plan a celebration of their work. The Eameses are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic arts.
A screening of the Eames’ film, “Powers of Ten,” will unfold at 7 p.m. Friday on the east side of the library plaza, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus.
In the film, the Eamses employed the system of exponential powers to visualize the importance of scale. It begins with a close-up shot of a man sleeping near the lakeside in Chicago, viewed from 1 meter away.
The landscape steadily moves out until it reveals the edge of the known universe. Then, at a rate of 10-to-the-tenth meters per second, the film takes viewers toward Earth again, continuing back to the sleeping man’s hand and eventually down to the level of a carbon atom.
The Eames’ furniture from private collections will be exhibited during the screening. As part of the library’s ongoing Artist Spotlight series, hip-hop artist Van Ill will perform.
Van Ill, aka Chris Fortmeyer, is a Columbus native based in Chicago.
The event is free.