Monday, October 29, 2007

Art Appreciation 101?!

Yesterday was a perfect Fall day so we decided that we would take the kids to the Frederick Meijer Gardens. Bekah's class went there when we were in Pittsburgh and she really wanted to go. I have always wanted to see the replica of Da Vinci's horse so I was O.K. with going too. The horse did not disappoint. It is beautiful! Very big and very detailed, and I mean every detail (nuf said).

From this point we travel into the sculpture loop, and we get a lesson in art and that it is subjective. The old saying "one man's junk is another man's treasure" is like saying "One man's art is like another man's huh?!" There were alot of displays around the loop that made you wonder "what were they thinking, or smoking when they came up with that one?" The great thing about this all is in everything there is a lesson to be learned. Jeremiah has always struggled in art. He doesn't think he is good at it, so he doesn't want to try. We told him we've seen his work and it's about as good as this, so look at the money he could make. Case in point this little fella. We still don't know what happen to 1/2 his face. I think this was called the thinker. I like the original better.

The picture of Bekah is cool, but I really don't think a huge garden spade is art, do you? I like art Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Rodin, Knoper (Nancy). I have to admit I just don't get some art! Can someone out there help me understand?

Another thing that we had to confront is they had a replica of Rodin's "Eve". I don't know if you know what this is, but it's a naked woman. The kids really took issue with this. Especially of course Jeremiah. His words after we left were "way to many naked women, I am a 10 year old boy after all"! We reminded him that he is 11 and yeah probably not a great idea to have naked women around.

This all left my family quite perplexed. Both Steve and I decided that we would rather take a walk in the woods on a day like yesterday, then walk through art. Lesson learned. For the 2 naysayers yesterday (and you know who you are), you were right on one count but we had to try. Like I said the Horse was great! Oh, one more thing, $38 dollars was spent to learn our "art" lesson. Money well spent, hum?


Anonymous said...

I must admit, I agree. I find much more to be in awe of in nature than an art gallery. It's true God is the master sculpter.

Mari said...

We went there last year and enjoyed some of the art. Other pieces I just don't understand, I think I could do better and I am no artist! It is fun to walk through though. I really like the picture of Steve and the kids - pretty cute!

Melissa said...

Sounds like fun! I love the picture of Bekah, that is too cool!

Diane said...

I think the picture of Steve and the kids needs to be framed! They're all thinking at the same time - come on, how often does that happen??? LOL :)

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

I love the picture of Steve and the kids too. I agree about that horse- it's a little too detailed for my liking- I was very nervous when Halle started inspecting it a little too closely for my liking!