The Kennedy Museum of Art is located on the Ridges in Athens, Ohio. It was named after Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy. The Kennedy Museum did not contain much of a variety. There was this sparkling Native American jewelry that was impossible to keep your eyes off of. They had these blankets like clothes that were woven into gorgeous designs and vibrant colors. They were not very soft though. The other types of exhibitions they had were contemplative cameras and women artists. One of the rooms, I believe was a bit more contemporary, stood out among the others. It had very detailed pencil drawings. The images were filled by lines, curved, straight, and abstract. The greatest was this oil painting of someone dressed in a cloak, two to be exact. It was smooth and looked as if it were painted without any trouble. The same room also had what looked like ceramic figures in still life. The second floor was very limited with art. Half of it was the Native American Navajo weavings. The other half was like a 3-D art room. It wasn’t just paintings and photos. For instance, one had a paper mache head and legs sticking out. All in all, the museum was not impressive.
Here stands about a three foot bronze statue of a lady standing on a block of concrete. The sculpture was designed and created by David L. Hostetler in 1949, which was later added to the campus in 1989. It is located behind the back of the Alden library. It is surrounded by flowers and shrubbery and a bench.
The symbol of the bronze sculpture is a woman. Women are known to be caring and understanding. They listen to what you say and speak from their heart. They bring about a sense of peace and tranquility. The spot where the sculpture is reminds me of women. The flowers around the piece of art are lush and represent life. Women represent fertility and bring life into our magnificent world. The area is so peaceful. It’s always nice to leave the library and just sit in front of the sculpture and relax. It is almost as if you were to run into your mother’s arms after being frightened by a growling mean dog. The statue brings about a sense of relief and comfort. A sense of security and lively hood comes from it. It puts a little bit more pep to my step after dealing with stressors.
The Albatross sculpture outside of the library is made of 1600 small pieces of steel that are welded together. It weighs over two tons and stands fifteen feet tall. This large work of art was designed and created by Michael McConnell in 1962. The idea of it was to eventually oxidize and turn a brownish yellow.
What comes to mind is why can’t it be simple? It is made of over a thousand pieces of metal when it could have easily been large pieces of metal. It could have still looked the exact same. One idea it generates is that we need to stop making everything out to be so complicated. Why must everything be so complex? We are intelligent creatures but it’s like making a big deal out of a little issue. It is perfect in front of the library. The complexity mirrors that of the library in a way that it is built with an extensive amount of smaller pieces to create something bigger. Making things simpler could bring about a less stressful life. It could make it easier to teach and learn information. Simplicity would make the world a lot easier of a place to live in.
The Bicentennial Park is an open area of land with 21 rectangles. These rectangles are raised and depressed in no particular order. The rectangles are supposed to look exactly like computer punch cards. Computer punch cards were very common when the first programming courses began. This work of art was created by a very popular artist and architectural designer, Maya Lin. He named his work of art, “Input.” This simple, fascinating piece of art is located in West Green, along Richland Avenue, and in front of Walter Hall. Along the concrete rectangles, there are quotes and sayings etched in the concrete.
There isn’t much of a way to interact with Maya’s piece of art. The only way to interact and participate with it is by sitting in the in ground rectangles. It is possible to sit on top of the above ground rectangles, but it is not as comfortable. The meaning of a park to me is to get away from the things that are stressful and just relax. It has a calming feeling to it. A huge open area without too many distractions is hard to find. It is perfect to sit in and against the rectangle and read a book or enjoy the sun.
The Soldier Monument was built in 1893. The monument was created to honor the soldiers from Athens County that fought for the Union during the Civil War. Upon approaching the monument, there are what could be referred to as stairs that make up the base of the monument. It is made of concrete and bronze. There are four bronze soldiers; all are dressed differently and in different positions. They stand on top of the base of the concrete, overlooking the Green. In the middle of the concrete X that the bronze statues reside on, is a concrete pillar that stands about ten feet. On top of say pillar, is another bronze soldier that is different among the rest of soldiers. What is a little bit odd to me is that the soldiers appeared to have guns. Their arms are positioned as if they were holding guns and their hands wouldn’t look like they are trying to catch flies. However, they no longer have guns. Between the four bronze soldiers, are three bronze plaques with images of soldiers that fought for the Union in the Civil War. On the bronze soldiers, there is an etched name that says M.J. Power, Bronze Founder N.Y.
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