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January 1, 2008

Walker Art Center 2

This piece from the sculpture garden didn't initially strike me as an octopus. At first glance, it seemed like a fish and as I circled around it, it began to remind me of a puzzle piece. Following that and circling farther, I noticed more of a bird-like resemblance. Still not sure what to think, I looked at the name of the piece and saw it was "Octopus" by Alexander Calder. Being all black, with little details beyond bolts and sculpting work, I thought it was hard to tell what it truly was, so I guess I learned that an octopus is kind of a puzzle piece, bird, and fish all in one! It really enforced in me that art can be anything you want it to be, and any level of abstractness.