This piece, which is untitled and made in 1973 by John Chamberlain, is simply a large ball of crumpled up, painted metal. Chamberlain wanted to show how everyone's waste can be recycled. What struck me about this piece was that it had a such a profound message despite its simplicity--so profound, it was one of the first pieces visitors saw. The message of it made me feel inspired to learn more how to recycle, and the bright colors help excite said inspiration.
This wing of the museum, which held many black and white pictures, struck me as having a similar theme as the pieces it held--simplicity. The soft pink walls and black molding play off of the black and white pictures (all in black frames with a white border) to create a very classy, yet clean appearance. Even the layout of this wing is very simple. The lighting is bright yet easy, enhancing the classy, clean atmosphere.
(Quick disclaimer: this was a hasty picture, therefore making the focal point a bit of sensitive area). This statue is that of Islandia, the goddess of the healing waters. However, I thought this piece was something completely different from far away. At first glance, I thought this statue was that of an angel. I first saw it from the back, seeing wings, a golden color scheme, the robes, and a stereotypical angelic physique. Being Catholic and very active in my faith, my first glance resonated very deeply within myself. When I first saw the statue, I felt pride and happiness in seeing such a large, sophisticated statue of something from the Church. It was still cool, though, when I found out it's really a water goddess. I then realized that, no matter what you believe, it's possible to see the beauty in all faiths--which is what I hope others can see in my own.
This is a statue of the dancing Ganesh, a Hindu god that can grant many blessings and instill joy in others. It's often associated with having found true bliss, which reminded me of Siddhartha ultimately achieving Nirvana. Nirvana (or enlightenment) is something that people of many faiths strive for, and it's easy to observe this (getting to heaven in Christianity, Nirvana in Buddhism, the dancing Ganesh in Hinduism, etc). The Ganesh wanting to spread bliss is similar to Siddhartha wanting his son to achieve Nirvana. Seeing this statue gave me a physical representation of the themes in Siddhartha.