Artists often use visual representations of the world to provoke us to think thoughtfully about the human condition. They sometimes even challenge us to recognize injustices and can even inspire us to change how we think or how we act (see, for example, Picasso's Guernica (Links to an external site.)). Just like stories, music, and performances, art can help us think about the Good Life, what we want to achieve, what we want to protect, or whom we want to help. Describe an artwork in the Harn that conveys a Good Life theme and explain how that work evokes that theme. What is the Good Life theme depicted in the art? How does it communicate that Good Life theme and how does it add to your understanding or appreciation of that theme?
The gardens of the Harn communicate seeking of the good life to me. In particular the Irving J. Goffman Garden reminds me of my goals in life. I want to become a well paid engineer and give my family all that they desire. I want to retire early and travel with my wife and kids before its too late. More literally the garden represents something i want to copy in my future. I would love to have a garden walled off inside my house. It also speaks of simplicity, the garden contains one stoneware vessel with a beautiful grass-lined path. The simplicity has a complexity as well which goes with life. I was reaffirmed in my seeking of my good life with a simple glance at the garden.
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