“Arriving Home”

By: Anthony Baker

Aug 30 2011

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Category: Architecture, Art

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Camera:iPhone 4

This, unlike stuff by John Henry, is actually lovely to behold (of course that’s my opinion).

Arriving Home sits in front of the Waterhouse Pavilion in downtown Chattanooga. Created by Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011), it symbolizes both coming home, and the centrality of this section of downtown.

There are some works of “art” that really take no more imagination than dropping pixie sticks (i.e., John Henry). Similarly, Arriving Home is not much more than a circle of steel and acrylic. But what this piece has that many others lack is beauty.

Every time I drive through downtown and see Arriving Home, I feel a little happier, a little calmer, a little less stressed. Wow! It’s sorta like going home!

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8

(NOTE: I am glad to have Dr. John Henry in Chattanooga, but that doesn’t mean I have to like his art. I still think it looks like something I could do with pick-up sticks – but I can’t weld.)

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