|L. S. Eldridge|
L. S. Eldridge
W A T E R C O L O R S
Notes from the Deckle Edge
I was explaining to my family this evening the symbolism of "Werner at Crystal Bridges" and thought I would share that information. So, the first thing you will notice is the monolithic structure. It represents the opposition that arose outside Arkansas when it was decided to place the museum in Bentonville. In contrast, the trees in the foreground reflect how "rooted" the museum has become to our community. That is why they appear more root-like than tree-like upon closer inspection. The Werner ladder represents steps to growth and change, not only physical construction of the museum, but also it's cultural impact. The drama of the ladder's colorful shadow represents the fruition of the museum and the art to be displayed. The abstraction at the side was merely an artistic interpretation of the physical debris of construction, but integral to the design.
"Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter." - Oscar Wilde
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