A Day At The Harn! By: Daniel Nazarian

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.

This piece is called "Prism." I believe this piece is a bit of a commentary about peoples' obsessions with wealth and materialism and not necessarily mocking it but more pointing out just how much time and effort people nowadays waste on these thought this was a very interesting way to express this. I love how forward and hyperbolic it is about this issue. It struck a particular nerve with me as I've always been interested in how materialistic our society is (and most capitalist countries for that matter.) I definitely appreciate this more as well after having read Siddhartha, many parts of which focused on the idea that suffering and desire have a cause and effect relationship.

This was probably my favourite piece. It's called "Casita el Mar" or "Little House by the Sea" in English. I thought it was so beautifully simplistic and in so many ways represent what many would consider "the good life." Firstly, and most obviously, the photo is a cute little red house, literally on the sand of the beach. This is something most people only dream of. It's the stereotypical goal: "I want to work hard, get old, move to South Florida and buy a condo on the beach." It is a very literal depiction of what many consider the good life. However, I think there's a second interpretation of how this photo could represent the good life as well. The photo is beautifully simplistic. You can barely see the beach or water or sky honestly, the majority of the photo is the house, a house with apparently no decorations, furniture, or adornments of any sort. The photo and everything in it are painfully simple, which I think is a big part of the good life, learning to live simply and happily without many extras, if any at all.

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