Technique of the artist- This untitled piece found in the central gardens is my choice for the sculpture that I found the most unique in terms of the technique used. From afar, this piece actually looks as if it was carved from wood and still even retains some likeness to a tree. However on closer inspection it is revealed that it is actually a large ceramic done by Arnold Zimmerman in 1954. It exuded a tropical paradise feeling that put me at peace in the gardens.
Design of the museum- The water garden outside of the Asia exhibit is actually my favorite spot in the Museum. It inspires a serenity and contemplation to any that walk on its path. This picture can't even do it justice, as the viewer takes in none of the atmosphere. They breathe none of the air and lack the feeling of being transported to distant world from a photo alone. Even when its trees are not in bloom, this garden never ceases to amaze.
Core values- I felt a strong pull from this piece by William Hogarth of Richard the Third from Shakespeare's Richard III. In it, King Richard is seen getting out of bed, a confused expression on his face as he sees his messy tent while his army camp is in disarray behind him. I empathize with Richard's lack of preparation and dismay at the unfortunate, but preventable, circumstances he is in. This resonates with my core values of procrastination and laziness that have gotten me this far in life.
Art and the good life- Finally, this piece by Yvonne Jacquette entitled Midtown Composite is what I believe to be the perfect embodiment of the good life. Looking past the glare of the photo one can see the beautiful skyline of New York city, lit up in the darkness of night. This is truly what I believe to be the goodlife, this progress that we have made. That humanity has been able to turn what was once forests, fields, deserts, and mountains into our own. That we have the capacity to build wonderful and beautiful things, societies and structures. That we can light the night sky with our radiance and proclaim to the heavens that we do not fear the dark, but rather the dark should fear us.