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The Harn Museum of Art is a hidden gem on the outskirts of campus. Visiting this museum was exactly what I needed on a Friday afternoon after a long week of classes. The art within and the building itself were stunning, thought-provoking and comforting to the soul.
Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist
A ceramic Goddess Xiwangmu is seen in the middle of this display
The art of making ceramics is one that was very long in the making. The "recipe" for ceramics is quite complicated and took a lot of skill to perfect over the years. After viewing this piece of the Goddess Xiwangmu (seen in the middle) from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), I can see the beauty of this material in person and appreciate the time and effort that was put into this art. The texture of the ceramic appeared so smooth and flawless.It was a humbling experience to be able to see this figure in person.
Taking a picture with the Goddess
Design of the Museum
After walking through the Cofrin Asian Art Wing I became convinced that the museum itself was a piece of art. From the wide open space to the wood panel lined ceilings to the floor to ceiling windows and more, the instant I walked into this part of the museum I felt captivated. The design gave off an overall feeling of elegance, sophistication and modernity, but it also made me feel connected to nature. Just beyond the tall windows was a small garden and pond. The flow of the room led me to this garden where I found comfort in the sound of the rushing water in the pond and in the beauty of the well tended plants. The design of this wing helped to "submerge" me into the world of the art I was viewing.
Enjoying the beautiful museum