Monday, March 23, 2015
How Great Thou Art
When vacationing with the kids, we try to alternate a stop for them with a stop for us. The first stop for us was the Joslyn Art Museum. I am the first to admit that I don't have an eye for art. Most of the classic works from bygone eras bore me and I wouldn't pay much money to have displayed on my walls. Modern art gets the juices flowing a bit more but often I find myself pondering how much money people are willing to throw away for a painting of splattered paint like the one above done by Jackson Pollock. I like the painting and I would hang it on a wall in my house but I would rather do it myself than shell out however much money people thing the painting above is worth.
After walking around this museum for over an hour, I sat down on a bench to rest my legs and those of the eight year old who was tagging along with me asking non-stop questions. For the first time during our visit, I happened to actually 'see' the floor. I was immediately pulled into its simplicity and beauty. They had sliced a 4 by 4 inch piece of lumber into half inch slices and created the world's largest end grain butcher block floor. It was quite stunning. It got me to thinking that perhaps I should shy away from the conventional when it comes to reflooring our house, a project that is getting nearer to the top of my master list.
Below is a tiny portion of a huge art display of colored blown glass anchored into a curling wave nearly 40 feet tall in the atrium. Much of it was in shadows but if I zoomed in on the top most part still partially in the sun, I could get a pleasing to my eye photo. It is an great example of modern art that I don't think I could do and one that I would probably find well worth the price they paid for it.
Finally, alongside an art display of a particular artists work was a large map showing some of the areas that the artist traveled too. Me being a lover of maps, found myself drawn to the map and couldn't help but take a picture of my native state. When I get our home office remodeled, I have great designs to obtain various maps that I can frame and hang from its walls. Since I can spend hours just perusing maps like some might do a magazine, my wife might not buy into the project but if I tell her that will be my man cave, perhaps I can sneak it by.