Tour of the harn Avi Dahan

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Me and the Uma-Mahesvara Sandstone Sculpture

This piece of art opened my eyes in helping me better understand and appreciate the Uma-Mahesvara Sandstone Sculpture. Actually seeing it in person helped show fine personable details that one wouldn't see if they had just looked at picture. The use of sandstone being carved into this beautiful art revealed so many underlying details which made my experience more enjoyable and realistic. The characters represented in this sculpture are the hindu god Shiva and his consort Uma. As stated in the description, the two together symbolize the "ultimate creative power" which goes hand in hand with this art since this sculpture was created in a unique way as opposed to a simple painting. What I found really impressive was that the condition of this sculpture has remained in tact for hundreds of years as it is still clear to the visible eye to see jewelry, designs in headwear and the spear that Shiva has. The sculpture gave me a sense of spirituality and made me feel calm and peaceful.

Design of the Museum

Me on a bridge at the Asian Water Garden part of the Cofrin Asian Art Wing

The Asian Water Garden at the Harn Museum was extremely appealing in that it connected me to the real world. I felt as if I was part of a peaceful and relaxing environment. The lighting for the entire garden was all natural light which set the mood as soon as I walked in. It added to the peaceful and calm environment that made my experience more enjoyable than expected. The main features of the garden were sources of flowing water which collected into a little river. This was covered by a bridge that I was standing on that connected to a pond. The use of space was quite simple, yet was still effective in setting the stage of a peaceful and simplistic environment.The combination of these elements added to my enjoyment and made me feel calm and relieved.

Art and Core Values

Me next to Leon Kroll's "St. Jean's Bay" Oil Canvas

The St. Jean's Bay Oil Canvas appeals to my core value of having a work/life balance. In this piece of art, it shows a man fishing for food for his family and friends who are the ones laying down behind him. This directly mirrors my core value because although it is important to have fun and enjoy life, when times get serious, one must do whatever they can to help their family, which is what the man fishing is doing in the canvas. This artwork instill a sense of pride and dedication as this man understands his role in life which is to provide for his family and takes pride in doing so. This helps me better understand what I believe in because it goes to show how one can be successful in life and take pride in the work they do, but also appreciate the things in life that make them happy, hence a work/life balance.

Art and the Good life

Me next to Palmer Hayden's "Southern Teamster" Oil Canvas

Palmer Hayden's "Southern Teamster" Oil Canvas represents Palmer Hayden, an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance, celebrating the Good Life. This canvas depicts Hayden smiling while holding a whip on a horse which is to an extent ironic because not too long ago from that time his ancestors were the ones who were powerless and being whipped whereas now African Americans were moving up the social ranks and have been given a new sense of identity. The theme of celebrating the Good Life depicted in this artwork adds to my understanding of the theme because it shows how joyous and great the Good Life can be. After centuries of oppression and racism, African Americans were finally freed as slaves and were given rights and enjoyed a better life.


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