Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist
The piece that I found most amazing in the Harn Museum was without a doubt Old Man’s Cloth. El Anatsui Ghanaian, the artist of this magnificent piece of art, made this incredible tapestry out of both aluminum and copper wires as well as bottle tops of liquor bottles. mThere is a reason that this was in the foyer of the museum and is the first thing that you see once you enter and the last thing that you see before you exit back into the real world. To be able to get so close to this work and inspect all the detail, time and effort that it must have took to create this massive beauty was life changing to say the least. Pictures would not due this piece of artwork justice. The sheer size of this work was incredible. It was so big that when I walked up to it to get a closer look, I almost felt as though I was going to be engulfed by the “cloth” itself. It felt warm and inviting almost as if I was walking into my grandmother’s home. Because the piece of art is made from scraps and used bottle tops, it reminded me of my carbon footprint and my personal patterns of waste and consumption.
Design of the Museum
I found the outdoor courtyard to be the most unique and beautiful design of the building. It brings what is outdoors, indoors and vice versa. The use of both water and greenery in this space exuded life and new beginnings. I found it interesting that this landscape was directly to my right as I exited the foyer. It was before you move on to looking at the majority of the actual piece that the Harn has to offer. For me personally, this put me in a light and airy headspace prior to walking around the museum where the artwork is so dense and meaningful. The placement of this design seemed purposeful and deliberate.