The caracol (ka ra kól), or snail shell, carries great significance in Latin America, and especially within Maya culture. Its typical spiral formation symbolizes the integration of all life’s facets into a common whole. The caracol is a symbol of life and community that is both ancient and contemporary, functional and decorative, profound and playful. For us, it is also an emblem of learning as it represents:
A holistic and encompassing outlook that suggests continual growth and balance.
A natural progression from the center outward, presenting all subjects in their relationship to humans.
An abstract concept rooted in the concrete world, gradually progressing from the more immediate and even tactile to the more distant and intangible.
A perennial cycle of forgetting and remembering, where subjects and themes are revisited annually for a given term and expanded upon each successive year in an ascending spiral.