Medium of the art
Before going to the museum I watched the tour of the Harn video, but I was completely blow away once I saw the artworks in real life. The pieces of art at the museum are very unique and some of them took me a while to understand the true nature behind the piece of art. One artwork that stood out to me was a piece called "Old Man's Cloth" created by El Anatsui. When I first looked at the piece of work I thought it was a giant piece of metal that was painted to look like a piece of fabric. As I continued to examine the piece I noticed that it was not a large piece of metal instead it was a bunch of pieces of scrap aluminum held together by copper wire. I was amazed by how large the artwork was and how the artist was able to create something so complex with recycled pieces of aluminum and copper wire. The technique of the artist intrigued me due to the ability of the artist to create a stable piece of art with fragile parts and also he used the labels on the aluminum to give the piece its color and patterns. The artwork communicated a reminder of wastefulness and the importance of recycling and reusing our waste. The artwork humbled me and made me feel regret for all the times that I was too lazy to recycle.
My friend Edwin and me in front of "Old Man's Cloth"
Design of the museum
The museum has a great design and as I traveled through the different wings of the museum I felt as if I was traveling into the different cultures that each wing represented. My favorite part of the museum was the zen garden that was located in the Asian wing of the museum. The garden was well designed to the point that I completely forgot that I was inside the Harn museum. I loved everything about the garden especially the use of exotic flowers and plants as well as the use of natural lighting to give the garden a realistic vibe. The garden had a great use of space and had a little stream that created a soothing sound that created a tranquil atmosphere. I felt at peace in the garden and for the several minutes I sat there on the bench and felt like I escaped to a garden temple in Asia. This was my favorite part of the museum because of the access to nature and the power of the design to envelope me into the atmosphere.