Hanging in the Harn A Spark Story by Adam Turner

Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist

Upon first glance as I strolled around the women artist wing of the Harn, I thought that image was of some ancient Greek or Egyptian ruin. However, I was shocked to learn that it was in fact an image of an incomplete I-95. This is a road I've been using my whole life and seeing it resemble ruins stunned me. That was when I read about how the artist actually made the piece. As it would turn out, Silvia Lizama took the photo in black and white. Then, she proceeded to hand color the photograph to give the construction of I-95 an ancient and decrepit feeling.

Design of the Muesum

The Harn had many gardens for visitors to enjoy, but my favorite was the water garden outside the Asian artwork wing of the gallery. What really struck me about this particular garden was how serene it felt. It was set up in an east Asian style, both with the water fixtures and the plant life. Additionally, a small waterfall filled the air with the sound of running water. It was the kind of environment that would be perfect for reading a book. I also feel it was placed in a fantastic location because it's about halfway through the museum, so it is prime location for anyone who wants to take a break from viewing the art.

Art and Core Values

Interestingly enough, the first thing I thought when I saw this "Florida Landscape" by William Morris Hunt was home. I grew up approximately 15 minutes from the Everglades National Park where scenes like the one in the picture were commonplace. My family would drive over to the park and stroll through the mangrove groves, always on the lookout for panthers and alligators. Seeing the painting made me homesick because of the memories I made exploring those types of ecosystems.

Art and the Good Life

The Asian wing had some of my favorite pieces of art in the museum, and the image of the seated Bodhisattva was among them. Once I read the information card next to the statue, I realized how much it connected to the ideas of the good life. It revealed that a Bodhisattva is someone who decides to wait to enter enlightenment so other people with the same goal can enter first. The statue seems to be content with this decision due to its smile. The smile of the Bodhisattva seems to be the same one Siddhartha and Gautama's, indicating a happiness with the path they've chosen. It seems that this man had already obtained the good life, even though he hadn't entered enlightenment.

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