This past Thursday, I visited the Fowler Museum in order to visit a museum that is featured at UCLA. There were surprisingly many people at the museum, mostly due to the fact that there were several incoming freshman that were touring the campus. I have been to the Fowler Museum once, so revisiting was a nice experience.
Picture of me in front of the Fowler Museum
One of the art pieces that I enjoyed was the Chair of Power. The Chair of Power was made throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century. This chair was made as a prototype from Egypt and was inspired by the Swahili. High ranking officials sat on this chair for special occasions and this chair was offered to guest as a sign of respect. This chair fascinated me, because of its great use of math and art. Each square on the foot step is exactly the same with 4 triangles on its corners. The chair is perfectly symmetrical with each side containing 5 squares on the vertical plane and 3 rectangular shapes on the middle. The symmetry and complex design is what makes this chair so aesthetically pleasing.
Chair of Power
Another piece that caught my attention was an image of an iPhone poster and a man. This poster made me think about the two cultures that coexisted in order to create the iPhone, being science and art. This idea was brought up from the first week’s readings and lectures. Steve Jobs was obsessed with the idea of making the iPhone look aesthetically beautiful as possible. Every single aspect of it had to look amazing. Not only that, but also the iPhone had to be advanced in technology as well. The iPhone allowed the consumer, to surf the web, listen to music, take photos, and use apps all in one device. Clearly there is a balance between the two cultures, science and art, which made the iPhone such a success.
Image of iPhone poster and man
In conclusion, I would recommend a visit to the Fowler Museum, especially for UCLA students because it is so easily accessible and free.