Friday, June 3, 2011

Musee Rodin, Eiffel Tower and Musee D'Orsay

Today was a whirlwind day in the city of Paris. We visited Musee Rodin, the Eiffel Tower and Musee D'Orsay.

Musee Rodin is devoted to only Rodin's work. This museum showcases a large quantity of his work from his early marble carvings to his later bronze sculptures. Personally, I never really liked Rodin's characteristic lumpy styling. Yet as I viewed more of his work I started to understand what his work is about as a whole. Unlike the classical sculptures who were trying to create an idealized human figure, Rodin takes his work and starts to focus on the material in which the sculpture was created from. This shift in ideals makes Rodin's work one of the earliest modernist sculptures.

The city of Paris places restrictions upon the building of skyscrapers in the downtown. This enables the Eiffel Tower to stand out and act as a beacon for people to seen. This is unlike New York where the Empire State Building is surrounded by other extremely tall buildings. In my opinion, the true pleasure of the Eiffel Tower is viewing it from the ground. When one goes to the top they cannot see the structure at all. It feels very much like one is hovering in a helicopter. It is strange experience which one must have to form their own opinions.

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