Soul Imprints

unencumbered
March 8th, 2016

Soul Imprints

unencumbered

March 8th, 2016

The idiosyncrasies of European Museums combined with their collections makes them unrivaled. In spite of being enthralled by the paintings in the Musée de l’Orangerie, I was struck by the principal part of the museum, the large-scale geometric structure.

The clean lines, unobtrusive layout, expanses of clear glass, and unpretentious, open halls reminded me that architecture becomes an integral part of the experience, of visiting a museum to appreciate art. This minimalistic aesthetic, unencumbered by superfluous ornamentation, not only restored my spirit, it taught me other lessons. For instance, how a naturally heavy material like concrete can at once be functional, yet exude a calm that gently guides you to gather your thoughts and surrender. And how speckles of natural irregularities appearing in concrete can be as striking as the plastered over polished surface, similar to a life lived minus camouflage, revealing imperfections, that makes one all the more appealing.

Appreciating these settings, and numerous others on the journey of life, would not have been possible without developing an appreciation for the solitude within—internal quietness affirms how crucial restorative spaces are for our souls. They allow us, similar to open green spaces, to move unrushed, emotionally. In such weightless spaces, I feel intensely, I breathe deeply, and I see more clearly.

In the silence and simplicity created by starkness and nothingness, I am steered through layers of masonry and culture, to travel into others’ worlds and appreciate their creations. I guess this was the aim of the great minds who created such masterpieces—to start the dialogue of philosophical underpinnings.

Heera

 

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