Tour of the Harn Museum by: philip smith

Zen Garden

Medium of the Art: The Zen Garden in the Harn Museum is a great example of how the medium of art is important. It was not a traditional form of art, and it was still very moving. There would have been no way to fully experience the garden without being there in person. The feeling of pure, natural peace was absolutely breathtaking. What makes the garden so unique to me was that it seemed wild and unkempt, even though I know that it is probably very well maintained.

Richard the 3rd

Design of the Museum: I find this particular part of the museum fantastic, because it is not meant to be grandiose or even anything special, but it is a humble beauty, like a diamond in the rough. The exhibit is a portrait of a play written by one of my most admired writers, and it was nice to see a piece of art not being fawned over and worshiped. The lighting and use of space both enhanced my experience because they didn't give much priority to this piece.

Landscape with Three Deer

Art and Core Values: Herman Herzog's exhibits at the Harn are personal favorites of mine. They most perfectly represent my core beliefs and values, those being simplicity, natural beauty, and the presence of God in the world. These beliefs are expressed in Herzog's paintings, because of his simple style, his beautifully natural settings, and these settings of beauty are what provides evidence of God in Herzog's works. The art makes me feel excited, adventurous, and a sense of belonging. All these coalesce into my love for this piece.

Snake Key on the Gulf Coast

Art and the Good Life: This Herzog painting perfectly conveys my idea of a Good Life. The man in the painting is seen carrying fishing equipment with his dog in the forest. This is where I hope to be at some point in my life. The life shown in the painting is simple, and full of natural beauty, which is what I hope my life can be.

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