Gong & Scale
A hand hammered brass gong is designed after the San José Scale, a parasite that nearly destroyed the fruit orchards of the area in the 1880's. Chinese laborers blamed for this pestilence, lead one of America's first labor revolts. Below the gong, behind glass, is a mallet whose head is of embroidered silk. The pattern and color of the mallet is based on the Asian ladybug, its natural predator. This commemoration of past dangers, natural remedies, persecutions, and call to activism, is located adjacent to the agriculture section.
Location: western wall/corner of the Sixth Floor