The grand spectacle of the Harn Museum

This was a place i visited with a dear friend of mine and and we had a swell time. I'm not so much an art buff as much as I am a history buff. However this museum surprised me with their unique blend of history and art. Each piece has a backstory and they did a great job at explaining it and making how it made it to the gallery known amongst the viewers. Seeing pieces in real life does not compare to seeing them behind a computer screen. This was especially apparent with 3d sculptures because in person you have the ability to see them from different angles and possible see the meaning the artist was conveying form a different perspective. We opted for the self guided tour and took the museum by storm and explored at our own pace.

This sculpture of the Hindu god Shiva and Uma caught my attention as soon as we entered the Asian wing of the museum. The sheer age of the sculpture was breathtaking and being able to stand next to something that was crafted more than a millennia ago stunned me. The wear and tear on the statue helped to show that is was exposed outside for many years, probably on a temple. To see something that used to be part of a holy temple is humbling and goes to show the important role this piece played in many peoples lives before being relocated to this museum. The fact that this sculpture was completely sculpted out of one piece of sandstone is amazing and shows the prowess of the original artist, as it has withstood many years of weathering and has survived into a museum today. The artwork communicates the triumphant spirit of humanity. It shows that we can create things that last a long time and can continue to influence people long after we, the artists, are gone. I feel proud knowing that we can make great things that withstand the test of time and can inspire others even in places the artists would never suspect, like in a museum.

The second I turned the corner into the Asian exhibit i was floored by the craftsmanship of the exhibit. The woodwork was done beautifully and lined the floors, walls, and even the ceiling. The wood boasted a red brown hue, slightly resembling cherry wood and gave the entire wing a rich look. The icing on the cake was the coy pond and garden in the background. Behind those panoramic bay windows the Harn houses a decent sized garden with a coy pond, although lacking fish in the pond, the garden teemed with wildlife, from butterflies to spiders it had it all. The background of the exhibit was so nice that it itself could have been marketed as art by the museum. it added to the entire ambiance created by the wing and truly gave the art that extra something to make it that much more intriguing. The grad expanse of floor when u first enter entices the onlooker to enter and explore, the walls display ancient art and take you back through time. This was only rivaled by the massive expanse of air in the Compensatory wing. The sheer volume of that wing took me aback but it lacked the quality and craftsmanship of the Asian wing.

When my eyes made contact with this piece I felt pulled in. This piece not only attracted my eyes but my thoughts as well. This birds eye view of Mexico city tells a story that not many want to hear. It shows the harsh reality of urban centers in not so developed countries. Although it is from above and only shows the landscape and lacks human interactions, it gives the onlooker the big picture of how the artist, Melanie Smith, grew up. Despite the increasing need for manufacturing in Mexico many of its people live in terrible conditions. The aerial shot works to show housing, factories, and the landscape, all in one picture. This appeals my core value of service, i see other people living in awful conditions and i want to do something about ti. It brigs the reality of some peoples lives to an audience and shows that it doesn't have to be like this. This artwork makes me sad but also hopeful knowing that these people can make it out of the slums and then the life they achieve for themselves will mean that much more. It works to show that the good life has more than one interpretation. IN the US it might be living out he stereotypical American dream but in urbanized medico city it might just mean providing for your family and respecting your elders. Many people approach that question inn different ways and it always depends on their environment and what they really want to achieve in life.

This unique 3d artwork by Nancy Graves spoke to me personally because it was a blend of a lot of technique sand approaches. I believe that is what the good life is all about. It's about doing a lot of different things and finding out what truly makes you happy and not just sticking with that. Its about balancing aspects of your life and living it to the fullest. A balanced life is whats best for the soul in my opinion and even Siddhartha supported this way of thinking. The stars, the glass, the musical notes, and especially the horseshoe crab. The diversity that is tightly bounded in this piece is beautiful and the way the artist managed to blend them into an exquisite piece is marvelous. It communicates the importance of diversity, music, beauty, individuality, and risk-taking. The artist even sneaks human bones into the piece, did you catch that from looking at it? Check again. This subtle undertone highlight the mortality of humans, no matter how great you are, you will die just like the rest of us. WE are all human and must work to better ourselves as a whole.

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