Good Life Tour of the Harn LEylany Rodriguez

Technique of the Artist

This painting is called Champ d'avoine by Claude Monet. Monet is famous for his pointillism technique, which is a technique where distinct dots of color are applied in a patterns to form an image. I had heard about Monet's famous paintings but the pictures don't do the painting justice. It was really striking to see first hand that all the details of the paintings were created using little dots of paint. It takes true talent to create something so magnificent using just dots. The painting communicates a sense of serenity and makes me feel calm

Design of the Museum

This exhibit in the museum was one of my favorites. The openness and the light that enters the room from the floor to ceiling windows, make this exhibit absolutely breathtaking. Furthermore, right behind the sculpture, the giant windows allow for a beautiful view of the Japanese Garden. The exhibit is simple yet elegant. The sculptures are perfectly arranged in way that perfectly allow the focus to be equally placed on both sculptures. This exhibit makes me feel peaceful. While the view of the Japanese Garden brings me tranquility.

Art and Core Values

This photograph is called I am not a Persian Carpet by Aphrodite Desiree Navab. This photograph is symbolic to the fact that women are not items to be sold and bought. In many cultures around the world, women are treated as unequal and are stepped on by their male counterparts. This photograph appeals to one of my core values which is feminism. It makes me appreciate the fact that many women around the world are starting to stand up for themselves and challenging traditions that objectify women. This photograph makes me feel proud to be a woman. This photograph has helped me realize how hard it is for women in other parts of the world to have the same opportunities that women have here in the United States.

Art and the Good Life

The aesthetic of the landscape in the Japanese Garden conveys the Good Life theme of Sharing. The Japanese Garden's beauty is designed to be shared by the community. The bridge is purposefully added so members of the community can enjoy taking a walk through the garden. The fact that everyone who enters the Japanese Garden respects the vegetation and the atmosphere communicates the Good Life theme of sharing. Everyone is able to enjoy the tranquility that the running water from the waterfall and natural beauty that the vegetation provides.

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