Designer Stephen Doyle has achieved a series of tape installations based on a highly intriguing statement. After carefully analyzing the school environment in “his” institution, Dominic Randolph, headmaster at Riverdale Country School asserted: “What if the secret to success is failure?”. He says “whether it’s the pioneer in the Conestoga wagon or someone coming here in the 1920s from southern Italy, there was this idea in America that if you worked hard and you showed real grit, that you could be successful. Strangely, we’ve now forgotten that. People who have an easy time of things, who get 800s on their SAT’s, I worry that those people get feedback that everything they’re doing is great. And I think as a result, we are actually setting them up for long-term failure. When that person suddenly has to face up to a difficult moment, then I think they’re screwed, to be honest. I don’t think they’ve grown the capacities to be able to handle that.” The tape installations in the photos below are a tribute to this idea, as promulgated by the The New York Times article, “What if the Secret to Success is Failure? Grit, optimism, curiosity and even failure- they are all at the basis of building character, allowing the students to become stronger with each major life experience.
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