Good Life Tour of the Harn By maina aoita

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Seeing the art in person and in a larger size helped enhance the optical illusion it was trying to portray. The title of this art is the "Gate" and you can clearly see the gate slowly rise from the canvas. As a person who loves optical illusions, it was enjoyable to see such a large image come to life in front of me. The illusion made me a little nauseated but it was mysterious and dark to me. It was as if it was an fading entrance to a dark and luminous place.
This wing of the museum captured my attention right away. The alignment of the paintings and the way the seats were arranged made me feel like as if I was an artist. The light peach color of the walls had drawn my eyes to the darker parts of the wall which were the paintings. The color complemented them thus I enjoyed the paintings more. They also appeared more vivid to me when it is surrounded by the color of peach. While walking around the paintings and observing them, I felt special because of the careful attention and detail of making sure that people can focus primarily on these paintings. It's as if the people that arranged these paintings knew how to satisfy the viewers and they did just that.
I noticed in the Korean Art exhibit that this bodhisattva sculpture had several x-rays of its body and head hung up along the wall. Not knowing what was inside I thought that they had placed a once living body inside the sculpture. I was in a state of shock and fear not knowing what really was inside and whether or not the thing inside was alive when placed. I felt that if it was a person inside the sculpture then this person must have meant a great deal to the Korean people. If it truly was a person, then I thought that it was their way of cherishing a loved one like an urn, but rather in a sculpture. Later in my research I discovered that the body contained nothing inside. However, the head contained papers with red writings on it. I can only imagine that the information written on the paper represents the knowledge the bodhisattva sculpture. According to the definition of the term bodhisattva, the paper that is contained in the head can be the key to unlocking the way to reaching nirvana. Maybe that's why its located in the head and placed in such a way that can potentially damage both the sculpture and the papers. Its mysterious and exciting to think of the endless possibilities of the knowledge the paper contained. In doing this I see that only you can discover nirvana by finding out yourself. You can't force gaining the knowledge of the way to the nirvana. The risk of harming others is too great.
Although this area of the museum may not be an artwork, I saw it as a masterpiece to convey peace and the balance with life. The stream of water is constantly flowing and changing in shape according to it environment. The plants grow and reach for the sky to receive nourishment. It is a complete ecosystem that receives help from each other. In my opinion, the Good Life comes first by helping others and that is what I instantly saw from the arrangement outside. The way nature works together without any conflicts is the way of the Good Life. I can always appreciate and remember.

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