Golden Gate Park Today, Last Tuesday of April (2011)

The day was gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

Self saw the most a-MA-zing exhibit, the Olmec Exhibit at the de Young (Ends soon! Go!). The very first thing you see as you enter the exhibit is a colossal, stone Olmec head. The thing about Olmec art is, so much of it was anthropomorphic. So the culture seems, somehow, accessible.

The stone sculptures are massive and imposing.  The ones that interested self the most were the ones that depicted human figures in the throes of transformation: being transformed into jaguars, mostly (Self wonders how much the sculptures weigh:  a ton, probably.  Just imagine how many men were needed to get those things on a ship, then unloaded, then transported to the museum: it simply boggles the mind!).  Among the interesting things self learned from the audio tour:  the scrolls running along the bottom of a few of the carved panels are supposed to represent waves; jade was of more value to the Olmecs than gold;  and the wearing of pleated ear ornaments signified Read the rest of this entry »

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