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Drawn to the library

In the Helmer’s article, they discuss the initial reaction as step one in the step-by-step analysis.  It struck me that images draw us in by eliciting good feelings.  This artwork is of two children engrossed in a book sitting outside the library.  Its placement outside the library, combined with the obvious interest in the children’s eyes, may elicit a positive reaction from patrons about the imaginative experience children will have inside the library, perhaps compelling patrons to visit.


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The way the sculptor uses different textures, colors, & forms to capture a representation of different objects (humans, book, clothing, etc.) in one medium is interesting. The sculpture uses design elements and principles in a different way than a photograph of two real children reading would. Since the sculpture is a solid form, the visual communication of soft objects, such as hair is captured in different ways. In this case the hair is represented by etching many lines into the sculpting material. The result of many etched lines is creating an overall texture to capture a representation of hair.


Erica- to piggy-back off of your initial post, I also interpret this image to have connotative meaning. Say if we didn’t know that this sculpture was in front of a library, we may interpret different meanings based upon the literal things we know from the image. We know there are two children, they are reading a book, the look happy and engaged. Without knowing the context, we can still make some guesses in the least of what the deeper meaning the image may be trying to convey. Maybe the sculpture symbolizes knowledge, maybe it is meant to encourage kids to read. I just think it is so interesting that we can do this with just about every image out there.


Erica , I disagree only slightly While some images don’t necessarily draw us in by evoking good feelings, the ones I like best are the ones that do. As a viewer, I am repelled by images and especially public art, that I cannot interpret or doesn’t elicit a good feeling. This one, for me as the viewer regardless of context, is charming to me. I can connect to the children’s obvious enjoyment of reading.


Erica, I pass this statue quite often and I never thought of it that way. That is because I probably never really took the time to think about why it is placed where it is and what the meaning of it is. I think you are right. Where else could they place this statue that would make people think, “I should go to the library if I want to look as amused as these children do!”

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