Japanese Garden Oasis @ RIT
Helmer’s says, “One of the most common ways that Americans interact with the visual is through their experience of scenery and landscape.” Given this statement combined with our exercise on iconic analysis, I couldn’t help but immediately think of this little oasis on campus. It is the Japanese garden located the quad corner by Eastman and Gannett Halls. It is conveniently located just outside my office and if one takes a seat on a nearby rock, the newly installed waterfall can drown out nearby activity, and thanks to the trees and landscape, one can almost feel as though the rest of RIT does not exist. This is nice to have when the work day is getting a little annoying. Because it has been here at least as long as I have and I admire it, I find it iconic for RIT. In fact I prefer it to represent RIT more so than some of the other iconic features of campus as it is natural and not abstract.