Texas A&M University-Kingsville

The Center for Continuing Education brings larger than life artwork to Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - November 23, 2011

Contact: Carlos Alvardo
carlos.alavarado2@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2861

Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Center for Continuing Education showcased a series of Super Mario Brothers Post-it artwork at Cousins Hall as a means of promoting the program.

The inspiration for the larger than life Post-it Art was traced to “Post-it Wars” that began in France, when video game company Ubisoft began the “war” by preemptively posting a small “space invader” on their window. Suddenly, a Parisian bank (facing the office’s window) created a grandeur Post-it artwork, and the trend exploded.  

The installation took more than a week to plan, and the first part took almost five after-office work hours for Carlos Alvarado, Center for Continuing Education facilitator, with the assistance of Nohemi Castillo, Intensive English Program facilitator,  to produce the Post-it artwork using donated Post-its. The Post-its will be recycled after the display and will be either used for future window displays or placed in frames for auction.

“The installation will stay up until Mario saves Princess Toadstool,” Alvarado said.  “We have more Post-it artwork to come in the future, and some old friends of Mario will be joining, so be sure to like us on Facebook or stop on by Cousins Hall to view the developments.”

The Post-it artwork was broken into three installations that are being constructed over the weekends of November. Each of Cousins Hall’s first floor front windows facing Santa Gertrudis Street will have an artwork assembled to highlight a piece of Super Mario Bros. Currently, students, faculty and staff can view Super Mario’s “Raccoon Mario,” which is the transformed Mario (or Luigi) with the super leaf item, which in Marioland gives him the ability of flight. As well as Frog Mario, the transformed Mario (or Luigi) with the frog suit item and grants Mario the power to jump higher, swim faster, resist water currents better and hop on land. 

The Post-it artwork will be up until the end of December. The artwork displays the Mario theme from the outside. However, the inside has a different view.  

“It is almost more beautiful from the inside as it is from outside. Our windows are glowing – it’s a veritable cathedral of Post-it notes in Cousins Hall’s office right now,” Alvarado said.  

Marilu Salazar, Center for Continuing Education and Office of International Studies’ director, said the Center for Continuing Education wanted a way to connect and attract the campus community, public and even visitors to Cousins Hall, and decided that if they were going to promote their departments, they will do so in an artistic way that was welcoming and entertaining.  

The departments located in Cousins Hall are The Center for Continuing Education; Intensive English Program; Academic Testing Center; the Office of International Studies; and International Student Services.

For more information about continuing education and the programs offered, call 361-593-2861.


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