The good life tour of the harn museum By: Hamza Elmohd

https://www.visitgainesville.com/attractions/harn-museum-of-art/

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.

Edwin and me relaxing in the garden

Art and core values

The piece that appealed to my core values the most was the artwork called "Bicycles" by Stuart Robert Purser. The work depicts a relaxing day where several people are riding their bicycles and casually talking among themselves. The painting appealed to my core values of work/life balance and enjoyable colleagues. I believed that the artwork represented a work/life balance because the artist is known for drawing pieces of social injustice while this one work he created depicted a group of people enjoying a leisurely ride. I see this as the need for balance between working and enjoying life as every once in a while I feel that I need an escape from work and personally I enjoy biking to clear my mind. I also believe the work can represent enjoyable colleagues because all the people in the artwork are having a good time together. I believe that when you do something you should do it with people you enjoy being around otherwise a fun experience can become dreadful. I enjoyed this piece of art cause I could personally relate to it and saw it as a representation of myself. The painting helped me understand that the company of others can truly make an average activity fun and enjoyable.

A picture of me next to "Bicycles"

Art in the good life

The artwork that I believed showed art in the Good Life was "Seated Bodhisattva" which is a sculpture from Korea of a seated Buddha. Looking at this sculpture reminded me of our reading of Siddhartha earlier in the course. This artwork represents the theme of seeking the Good Life because the meditating monk represents a man reaching enlightenment. The description of the work says the Buddha does not reach enlightenment in order to help those that are on the path. The Bodhisattva does not reach enlightenment because he would rather help those on the path towards enlightenment. This depicts seeking as he is guiding those on the path and teaching others how to attain enlightenment. The artwork shows how we can attain the good life by indulging in the teachings of Buddha and to attain enlightenment you must meditate to discover the true meaning of the

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