Infocom Mural Page
WHAT WAS THE INFOCOM MURAL?
The Infocom mural was something I created a several years ago, when I was
a freshman. It was a tribute to a bunch of hackers who made the best
damn computer games ever. It consisted of a about 6ft x 4ft
rectangle, painted black with white letters reading:
(just like the logo, about 1 ft high)
Under which, in a 1.5 inch high, elegant font, (Dragonwick) it had the
passage from Zork contained in the black book on the altar:
Oh ye who go about saying unto each other: "Hello sailor":
Dost thou know the magnitude of thy sin before the gods?
Yea, verily, thou shalt be ground between two stones.
Shall the angry gods cast thy body into the whirlpool?
Surely, thy eye shall be put out with a sharp stick!
Even unto the ends of the earth shalt thou wander and
Unto the land of the dead shalt thou be sent at last.
Surely thou shalt repent of thy cunning.
HOW WAS IT MADE?
The mural was created by printing the text on a Macintosh and cutting
the letters out using an Exacto knife, carefully leaving a mask which
served as a stencil. The paint was then sprayed through the mask from
a regular spray can. Since some diffuse spray leaked behind the mask,
the letters aquired a fuzzy, ghostly appearance- which was neat but
WHERE WAS IT?
It was originally painted in what was once known to some as the
Infocom Shrine, really the bottom of a stairwell in the sub-basement
of bldg 66. Here someone unknown to me had painted in weeping red
spray paint :
(I think these were the dates they gave, but
my memory fades swiftly.)
And under the stairs in a hard-to-see place, in blue, was a large
"FROBOZZ". Admittedly, these were not tastefully done, but they had
a certian poignancy. The mask for the mural I made took ~50-100
hours to create, and the resuting mural was moderately impressive.
Actual painting time took less than 3 hours to paint the black
background, let it dry sufficiently, and apply the lettering.
WHAT HAPPENED TO IT?
At some point during my sophmore year, the institute painted over the
older graffiti, as well as my mural. At some later time, I decided to
repaint the mural in the sub-basement of bldg 9, where all the cool
murals are. This area is also on the somewhat illicit "orange tours"
which more than a third of the freshmen take each year.
This too, has since been painted over. Unfortunately, the detail of
the mask also causes it to be very fragile, after two years of
storage, I found that the mask had deteriorated beyond reusability.
The infocom mural is no more, unless I recreate it from scratch. I am
considering doing so this summer, possibly on a more durable media
than bond paper.
WHAT HAPPENED TO INFOCOM?
To the best of my knowledge:
Infocom florished in the grand days of the Great Underground Empire,
but as civilization decayed, it became the subject of countless
trivial law suits, such as the infamous suit from the New York Times
for copyright infrigement by the Infocom newsletter, the New Zork
Times. This troubling era left it on unstable ground, and
eventually the company was bought out by Activision. Shortly
thereafter the original hackers who founded the company left to do
some insanely lucrative Artificial Intelligence work for the US
Department of Defense. Their current whereabouts are unknown.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO INFOCOM?
Johnny Wilson tells a slightly
different, and more thorough, story.