This piece is an X-Ray of the Gilt Wood Seated Bodhisattva. This was the only piece in the museum that, to me, simply seeing a photo of would never have done it justice. Walking through the museum and seeing an X-Ray of something so primordial and old quite frankly was a humbling experience and an illustration ofhow far we've come in such short time. Seeing it in person allowed me to appreciate in ways a photo could never have accomplished. Something about seeing it on the wall with lights behind it and all the little intricacies of an X-Ray truly highlighted just how special this was. If this was simply a scanned version on a website it would have still been interesting but far more dismiss-able. As a computer science major and someone who's life basically revolves around technology, seeing this
Without a doubt the most striking part of the physical museums design/layout to me were the small gardens placed throughout. There were two others I didn't get photos with however below are the two I liked more anymore. While certain exhibits and wings definitely stuck out to me as more interesting than others, I thought this was the most unique aspect of the museum. It offered a bit of relief from the otherwise very serious and almost sterile feel of the museum otherwise. It lends itself to relaxing. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, they offered another way to learn about a particular time or exhibit. They relaxed me and helped set the mood for whatever the "theme" of that particular wing or exhibit was. The fact that many of them were smaller (like the photo on the right) also helped make sure they weren't overwhelming or overtaking the exhibit. They were clearly auxiliary pieces, not the main attraction, which I think is the perfect approach.