For this reaction paper, I chose to visit the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which is located in Mizner Park. The street address is 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, Florida, 33432. I made two trips to the museum. The first visit on May 20th was simply to preview the entire collection of art and the second trip was to obtain more detailed information on the specific piece I chose for this paper. That second visit occurred on May 29th, 2007. This particular museum is currently offering a special exhibit called Retrospective, which features the work of Ernest Trova. This American artist uses many different varieties of media and I was delighted to find such an interesting collection of sculptures, paintings and prints.
The work I selected for this paper is titled Study/Falling Man (Walking Jackman) and the artist is Ernest Trova. This piece is a cast sculpture composed from stainless steel and the dimensions are 17 ½ inches by 21 inches by 21 inches. I viewed this sculpture on May 29th, 2007. It is one of the main pieces of the special exhibit featuring Ernest Trova’s work. To describe this particular piece is not easy, but I shall try. It is apparently cast in stainless steel, which has been polished to a very high mirror finish. There are six figures of men walking forward and all six of these figures are identical. The figures radiate outward from a central cube which acts as a base, although it is suspended in the exact center of the sculpture. Three of the figures of men act as tripods and their heads are touching the floor. The other three men are in the exact opposite position on the upper side of the central cube. Part of the title (Jackman) probably stems from the fact that the design is reminiscent of the six-pointed star toys known as “Jacks.” As for the surface composition, there is no variation in color or material. The entire piece, from top to bottom has the same mirrored finish with smooth texture. The figures themselves have no expression, as their faces...
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