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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Who says field trips are only for kids?

This morning was a little bit different than most mornings at the Miller-Ward Alumni House.

One of my tasks since the first week I started here was to take one of the walking tours on Emory’s sustainability map. I took the art walk tour—and also brought some friends along—Kristin and Matt, who are the other interns at MWAH. (You can read Tammie Smith' 08Ox 10C post about how the map was built right here.)

At first, I was nervous to take this tour on my own because I have never explored this campus. Luckily, Matt, who graduated from Emory in May, was our fearless leader on this exploration of the artistic side of Emory. We braved the humidity and threatening clouds while we stopped at the different art installations around campus.

Each art installation has its own unique story and look to it, whether it is a sculpture with a long, thorough history or an object simply named “Untitled," which was actually one of my favorites. It was an almost creepy looking chair-fit for a small child-that had claw-like feet and snake-like shapes that slithered up the back. It was the weirdest chair I've ever seen. It is even weirder that no one could think of a name for it.

"Stone Grove" was another art installation that stood out in my mind (probably because of the extremely awkward photo Kristin and I took there). When I first saw the name "Stone grove," I pictured an arrangement of stones similar to Stonehenge. It actually looked nothing like it--it was two skinny rocks shaped into chairs. However, we were not disappointed! We had a chance to take a load off of our feet while taking in the Emory scenery.

As Kristin, Matt, and I approached the Woodruff P.E. Center, we suddenly became envious of the children having a water balloon fight on the McDonough Field. Those were the days ... we found "The American Dream" statue with the abnormally skinny guy watching the girl's perfect form for a layup. Is the "American Dream" for those of us who went on the art walk tour playing sports, like the statue shows, or playing with friends and water balloons on a hot, summer day? Hmm...

It was a fun experience—Kristin, Matt, and I channeled our inner children as we discovered each item on the tour like it was a treasure hunt. Kristin and I also got a tour of Emory’s Clairmont Campus, which is a plus!

The photo posted above is “Dooley” by Matthew Palmer, one of the items on the tour list. This statue stood in an extremely busy area of campus (Asbury Circle)—does this mean Dooley watches you as you walk to class?!

--Farah Shackelford, communications intern, EAA

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