I’ve added more images to my Natural History Museum of Utah project. Each time I think I’m “done” I find something new to see or a new way to see something I’ve long admired. This is the essence of what it means to have a trained eye. Perhaps you have passed something 100 times, never paying much attention to it. Then one day you notice an interesting pattern, shape, design, or emotion. Suddenly you see it in a new way and your appreciation for the complexity of the universe around you grows.
What I’m noticing at the museum now is the strong connection to family, to ourselves, and to the spaces in which we live. The exhibits sitting in a space don’t have any meaning on their own. The exhibits are only a reason to interact, share, watch, and grow with those around us. It doesn’t happen at the exhibit, but between us and the object on display. This is a very significant idea. People fall in love, out of love, show love, learn, live… All in that space between themselves and the objects they are surrounded by. Perhaps it is our connection to the past that reminds us of the importance to connect with the “now,” and to each other. Or maybe it is simply a place to relax, be ourselves, and occasionally get a little silly.
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