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March 5, 2007

Mountain Journey

One piece I found really amazing at the MIA was "Mountain Journey" by Tony Berlant. What I think makes it so impeccable is its massive size. The piece stands about two stories high! The reason for its tall, narrow shape and the piece itself is to refer to Chinese hanging scrolls depicting mountain landscapes. Berlant wanted to pay homage to the Chinese landscape. The piece is made from found scrap metal, which I think is really cool because all of the pieces of metal have different colors and patterns. I like how he layered the different sheets of metal and I feel it gives it a very detailed and almost 3D look. The color and references to nature are so beautiful. What I found really neat was that Berlant alluded to Minnesota in the piece of art. He put large raindrops in the piece that refer to Minnesota's 10,000 lakes.